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Rays host Rangers, Orioles in final homestand

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Following a three-game weekend set in Minnesota against the Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field to host the Texas Rangers (September 16-19) and the Baltimore Orioles (September 20-23) for the final homestand of the 2013 regular season.

Before Monday's 7:10 p.m. opener against the Rangers, Golf Channel personality Holly Sonders will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. 

The Tampa Bay Times will offer buy two, get two free outfield seats for Tuesday night's Rays-Rangers game. This offer is available online through raysbaseball.com/timestwofortuesday via coupons that appear regularly in the Times leading up to the final Tuesday home game of the season.

Along with the Times Two for Tuesday offer, additional ticket specials are available at raysbaseball.com to encourage fans to attend "One More Game." In partnership with WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM, 1,000 lower level seats at Tropicana Field will be available online through raysbaseball.com for $9.53 for all remaining home games, subject to availability. Additionally, when fans purchase four or more tickets in any seating category (based on availability) at full price through raysbaseball.com, they will automatically receive 10 percent off their order.

During the final series against the Orioles (September 20-23), the Rays Baseball Foundation will host the annual "Shirts Off Our Backs" fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation supporting youth and education programs in the Tampa Bay region. There will be an estimated 200 volunteers on hand at Tropicana Field throughout the four-day fundraiser offering scratch-off cards in return for donations. All fans who donate will receive the opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes donated by numerous sponsors. Included in the prizes are 2014 Rays game tickets, Rays game-worn jerseys and more. For more information, visit raysbaseball.com/community.

Also throughout the Rays-Orioles series, fans can receive a Rays Messenger Bag available exclusively through the purchase of a Tampa Bay Times Ticket Tandem. A Ticket Tandem includes a ticket to any of the four games plus the special edition messenger bag (only available through this offer). This package may not be combined with any other offer. For Ticket Tandem details, visit raysbaseball.com/tandems.

On Saturday, September 21, the Rays-Orioles game has been moved to 1:05 p.m. Saturday's game also marks the return of STAR WARSTM Day to Tropicana Field. Fans can purchase a special $35 ticket package to receive a seat in the press level and a limited edition Jedi Zo bobblehead, a combination of Rays All-Star Ben Zobrist and the popular STAR WARSTM theme. Throughout the game, fans can take pictures with STAR WARSTM characters and enjoy special graphics from the movies. For more information or to purchase the special ticket package, please visit raysbaseball.com/specialevents.

When gates open prior to Sunday's Rays-Orioles game, kids 14 and under will receive a Raymond Bobblebelly presented by Chevrolet (while supplies last).

TAMPA BAY TIMES FAMILY FUN DAY-Every Rays Sunday home game features free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a variety of activities for kids on the concourse, all now free courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times. Following the game on Sunday, September 22, don't miss Kids Run the Bases and Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby.

TICKETS-Tickets for Rays 2013 regular season home games are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Rays Tampa Store (400 N. Tampa St.) and the Gate 1 Tropicana Field Box Office, as well as over the phone at 888-FAN-RAYS and 1-800-745-3000, or online at raysbaseball.com.

GATES OPEN-Monday through Thursday 1½ hours prior to game time; Friday through Sunday two hours prior to game time.

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