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Rays host Yankees and Blue Jays in final homestand

Highlights include Dan Johnson band PopSockets

The Tampa Bay Rays will conclude their 2018 home schedule with a sevengame homestand against American League East rivals, the New York Yankees (September 24-27) and Toronto Blue Jays (September 28-30).

The Rays take on the Yankees on Monday, September 24 with the first of three consecutive 7:10 p.m. starts. The final game of the series on Thursday, September 27 is slated for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch.

The Tampa Bay Rays will conclude their 2018 home schedule with a sevengame homestand against American League East rivals, the New York Yankees (September 24-27) and Toronto Blue Jays (September 28-30).

The Rays take on the Yankees on Monday, September 24 with the first of three consecutive 7:10 p.m. starts. The final game of the series on Thursday, September 27 is slated for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch.

The weekend series with the Blue Jays begins Friday, September 28 at 7:10 p.m. and continues on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. When gates open prior to Saturday's game, all fans will receive one of two Dan Johnson bobbleheads, presented by Moffitt Cancer Center, while supplies last. One version of the bobblehead illustrates Johnson's Rays debut on September 9, 2008, in which he hit a game-tying home run as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The second version of the bobblehead is from Johnson's 'Game 162' heroics, as he hit a game-tying home run as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning on September 28, 2011 against the Yankees at Tropicana Field. 

The series concludes on Sunday afternoon with a 3:10 p.m. start and all kids 14 years and under will receive a PopSocket, presented by FOX Sports GO, while supplies last.

Sundays are Family Fun Days, courtesy of Tampa General Hospital. Every Sunday home game will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a variety of postgame activities for kids, including Kids Run the Bases and a DJ Kitty Dance Party. For the fifth consecutive season, concourse activities will be complimentary for kids 14 years and under. In addition, this Sunday, two Rays players will sign autographs for kids 14 years and under along the right field line from 2:00-2:30 p.m.

The Rays are also offering weekday specials throughout the season including: 

Monday -- Salute to Service Monday presented by Suncoast Credit Union: Military, Teachers and First Responders can receive two (2) complimentary tickets to select Monday home games, additional bonus dates and special ticket offers throughout the season. Some exclusions apply. Military, Teachers and First Responders are encouraged to visit raysbaseball.com/specials to sign up. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me, a third-party MLB-approved verification service. Tickets will be made available one week prior to each scheduled game date.

Tuesday -- $2 Kids Tuesdays presented by Morgan Auto Group: For all Tuesday home games, tickets for kids 14 years and under are $2 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. $2 Hot Dogs, presented by Kayem Franks, will be available for all fans for all Tuesday home dates.

Wednesday -- Senior Special Wednesdays presented by Duke Energy: For all Wednesday home games, Press Level tickets for fans 60 years and older are only $15.

Thursday -- $19.98 Ticket Combo presented by Coca-Cola: For all Thursday home games, fans can purchase Press Level tickets that include chips and a 20-ounce bottled Coca-Cola beverage for $19.98.

Friday -- $7.11 Tickets presented by 7-Eleven: For all Friday home games, fans may purchase Upper Level tickets for only $7.11. To take advantage of this special price, fans should visit a participating local 7-Eleven store and pick up the Rays Friday night discount coupon. The coupon code will be redeemable online at raysbaseball.com/specials or at the BayCare Box Office at Tropicana Field. Each coupon will be good for up to four (4) tickets. Fans will be able to upgrade to the lower level for an additional $7. Budweiser and Bud Light will be available to purchase for fans 21 years and older for $5 at the Budweiser Porch in Center Field. Please drink responsibly.

• 7Rewards members can show their app at Gate 3 Guest Services on Friday home games and receive one benefit, one time during the season, in addition to a free small slurpee coupon. Items available include one (1) voucher for a 20-ounce bottled soft drink or bottled water at Tropicana Field concession stands, free parking for a future Rays home game, 'Buy One, Get One' ticket offer or a Rays promotional item. All items are subject to availability.

• Rays Season Ticket Holders can receive a one-time bonus of 711 Free Rays Rewards points by showing the 7Rewards app at Membership Services at Tropicana Field. All Season Ticket Holders who receive points also will receive a free small slurpee coupon.

2019 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW -- 2019 Season Ticket benefits include great savings, the best seat locations, concession and merchandise discounts and access to exclusive events. Through the Double Play Season Ticket opportunity, fans can select from their choice of a premium gift or experience including a complimentary catered suite to a 2019 Rays home game, an experience at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and an all-expense paid spring training experience. Fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com/seasontickets for more information.

20TH ANNIVERSARY FAN STORY RECORDINGS -- In celebration of the Rays 20th anniversary season, the Rays are collecting fans' stories from the first 20 years of Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay. Bring a friend, family member or colleague to the Mobile Studio outside of Gate 1 before any of the games against the Yankees (September 24-27) to record a conversation about your favorite team memories. Edited stories will be archived at the Library of Congress by StoryCorps. To reserve your time, contact publicaffairs@raysbaseball.com or visit the videos page at raysbaseball.com/20.

20TH ANNIVERSARY RAYS MERCHANDISE -- The Rays team store will be offering a buy one-get one 50% off for all 20th Anniversary apparel items throughout the homestand.

"SHIRTS OFF OUR BACKS" FUNDRAISER -- The annual "Shirts Off Our Backs" fundraiser, hosted by the Rays BaseballFoundation, will take place during the entire homestand. Fans can donate to the Rays Baseball Foundation in exchange for scratch-off cards with the chance to win game-worn jerseys from the final game of the season on September 30, tickets to a 2019 Rays home game or other prizes. Fans can purchase one scratch off for $5, 5 for $20, 10 for $30 and 25 for $50. Scratchoff cards will be available for purchase at the Authentics Store, Gate 1, Gate 3 and from roaming volunteers.

STUDENT TICKET OFFER -- Students with a valid .edu email address can purchase $5 lower level tickets to any game during the Blue Jays vs. Rays series, September 28 through 30. Students are encouraged to visit raysbaseball.com/student for more information.

MINOR LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS -- Prior to the game on Friday, September 28, the Rays will hold a ceremony to recognize the 2018 Rays minor league award winners. The winners will be made up of the Rays Minor League Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Baserunner of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Reliever of the Year, in addition to the Most Valuable Player for each of the Rays nine organizational affiliates. The Rays will also recognize the recipient of the Erik Walker Community Champion Award. Named after former Rays minor league pitcher Erik Walker, who died tragically in 2006 following his first season in professional baseball, the award annually recognizes a Rays minor leaguer who exemplifies teamwork, sportsmanship and community involvement. Before the ceremony, the award winners are scheduled to sign autographs at Tropicana Field from 5:45-6:30 p.m. along the first base line.

BATS N' BREWS -- The Rays and iHeartMedia Tampa Bay's "Bats N' Brews" radio show, presented by Budweiser, airs live Friday, September 28 from the Budweiser Porch in center field. Kevin Campbell from Mix 100.7 will host the show.  

DAN JOHNSON MEET-AND-GREET -- Prior to the game on Saturday, September 29, Dan Johnson will participate in a meetand-greet with Season Ticket Holders in the Republic Bank Draft Room from 5:00-5:20 p.m.

SALUTE TO SERVICE $15 TICKETS -- The Rays have extended their Salute to Service promotion, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, to include $15 tickets for the game on Saturday, September 29. Military and First Responders can purchase up to four (4) tickets to that game for $15 each. This special offer is available online only through raysbaseball.com/specials and expires the night before the game at midnight. Affiliation will be verified by ID.me, a third-party MLB approved verification service.

GATES OPEN -- Sunday-Thursday, 1½ hours prior to first pitch; Friday-Saturday, 2 hours prior to first pitch.   

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