TAMPA, Fla. — Sun Sports, the statewide television home of the Tampa Bay Rays, will produce and televise 150 Rays regular season games in high definition as part of the 2014 Major League Baseball season.
Opening day coverage begins live from Tropicana Field with a special one hour pregame show, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 31, when the Rays host the Toronto Blue Jays. Like last year, both home and away game broadcasts will feature half-hour Rays LIVE pregame shows and all will offer extended post-game coverage from site. Home games Rays LIVE will originate from Tropicana Field, while away games will air from the FOX Sports studio in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Dewayne Staats returns this year for his 17th season as play-by-play announcer for Rays baseball on Sun Sports and will be joined in the booth by former MLB pitcher Brian Anderson. Staats enters his 37th year broadcasting baseball, while Anderson enters his 6th season providing analysis on Sun Sports.
Also in his 17th season, Todd Kalas serves as host for Rays LIVE pre- and postgame shows at Tropicana Field, while the newest addition to the broadcast team, Rich Hollenberg, will anchor away games from the FOX Sports studio. Kelly Nash returns for her second season serving as host of Inside the Raysand in-game feature / social media reporter. Orestes Destrade rounds out the television talent lineup returning as an analyst on Rays LIVE.
In addition to the 150 games on Sun Sports, the Rays will appear twice on the ‘FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week’ national schedule — vs. the Boston Red Sox on May 31 (7:15 p.m. ET) and vs. the Baltimore Orioles on September 6 (1:10 p.m. ET).
The Rays will also be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1 against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, May 10 (7:10 p.m. ET), and as part of a simulcast with Sun Sports against the New York Yankees on Saturday, August 16 (4:10 p.m. ET).
Going beyond just coverage of games, Sun Sports’ partnership with the Rays provides fans with more opportunities to get to know the team and its players. Nine half-hour HD episodes of Sun Sports popular Inside the Raysare planned this year and will include player profiles, with rare behind-the-scenes stories and interviews, plus episodes offering inside access to other aspects of the team and its operations – all designed to bring the fans closer to their favorite team.
Don’t miss any of the action with your Rays this season. Be sure to tune in and follow @SunSportsRays on Twitter and visit FOXSportsFlorida.com for channel listings and exclusive Tampa Bay Rays coverage.