TAMPA, Fla. — FOX Sports Sun, the statewide television home of the Tampa Bay Rays, announced the network will produce and televise 150 Rays regular season games as part of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.
Opening Day coverage begins live from Tropicana Field with a special, one-hour pregame show, starting at 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, when the Rays host the New York Yankees. All broadcasts throughout the season will feature half-hour Rays LIVE pregame shows along with extended postgame coverage from site. Rays LIVE will originate from Tropicana Field for home games, while away games will air from the FOX Sports studio in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Dewayne Staats returns this year for his 20th season as play-by-play announcer for the Rays and will be joined in the booth by former MLB pitcher Brian Anderson. Staats enters his 40th year broadcasting baseball, while Anderson enters his ninth season providing color commentary on our network. Orestes Destrade and former Rays pitcher Doug Waechter return as analysts, while Rich Hollenberg is back for his fourth season as host. Alex Corddry rounds out the broadcast team as the new in-game reporter and host of select “Inside the Rays” episodes.
All 150 Rays games televised on FOX Sports Sun will also be streamed live on FOX Sports GO. FOX Sports GO is available to customers of participating pay-TV providers on iOS, Android, Fire tablets and Fire phones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Roku, Windows devices and online at FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.
In addition to the 150 games on FOX Sports Sun, a trio of Rays games will be nationally televised on FS1: Wednesday, April 5, at 7:10 p.m. vs. New York Yankees, Saturday, June 17, at 4:10 p.m. vs. Detroit Tigers and Saturday, July 22, at 7:10 p.m. vs. Texas Rangers. An additional pair of games versus the Miami Marlins will be televised statewide on FOX Sports Florida via the Marlins broadcast.
Going beyond just coverage of games, FOX Sports Sun’s partnership with the Rays provides fans with more opportunities to get to know the team and its players. Nine half-hour episodes of the popular “Inside the Rays” are 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.
Be sure to tune in and follow @FOXSportsRays on Twitter and Instagram, and visit FOXSportsFlorida.com for channel listings and exclusive Tampa Bay Rays coverage.
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