Rays host Yankees, Tigers on six-game homestand

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays return to Tropicana Field on Friday for a six-game homestand featuring a weekend series against the New York Yankees (August 15-17) and a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers (August 19-21).

The Rays and Yankees open their series on Friday, August 15 at 7:10 p.m. The Tampa Bay Times Ticket Tandem scheduled for Friday's opener-a limited edition Rays cooler-is now sold out. For details on Ticket Tandem items for future games, visit raysbaseball.com/tandems.

Prior to Friday night's game, Pop Cuesta, longtime baseball coach at Tampa's Jefferson High School, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Cuesta, who retired this spring following 43 years with the Dragons, coached some of Tampa's most renowned baseball players including Luis Gonzalez, Tino Martinez and Fred McGriff.

Saturday's game is scheduled for a 4:10 p.m. first pitch. The series closes out on Sunday with a 1:40 p.m. game against the Yankees. Sunday is also Tampa Bay Times Family Fun Day. When gates open at 11:40 a.m., kids 14 and under will receive a Mr. Happy Bobblehead, presented by TradeWinds Island Resorts while supplies last.

After an off-day on Monday, the Rays open up their three-game set against the Tigers on Tuesday, August 19 at 7:10 p.m. The teams continue the series with a 7:10 p.m. game on Wednesday night before the series finale on Thursday afternoon at 1:10 p.m.

Additionally, there are several special event nights this homestand including Swim Day (August 16), Ride to the Rays (August 17) and Senior Prom for Senior Citizens (August 21). For more information and to purchase a special event ticket, visit raysbaseball.com/specialevents.

TAMPA BAY TIMES FAMILY FUN DAY-Every Rays Sunday home game will feature free parking for cars with four or more passengers and a variety of free activities for kids on the concourse, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times. Postgame will also feature Kids Run the Bases and the DJ Kitty Kids Party.

TICKETS-Tickets for Rays 2014 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.