FOX Sports Sun to broadcast 150 Tampa Bay Rays games in 2016
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 2016 Major League Baseball season.
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Opening Day coverage begins live from Tropicana Field with a special, one-hour pregame show, starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 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 postgame 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 19th season as play-by-play announcer for Rays baseball on FOX Sports Sun and will be joined in the booth by former MLB pitcher Brian Anderson. Staats enters his 39th year broadcasting baseball, while Anderson enters his 8th season providing color commentary on our network.
Also in his 19th season, Todd Kalas serves as host for Rays LIVE pre- and postgame shows at Tropicana Field, while Rich Hollenberg will return for his third season anchoring away games from the FOX Sports studio. Orestes Destrade also returns in his role as analyst on Rays LIVE. Tampa native Emily Austen returns for her second season as in-game reporter and host of select "Inside the Rays" episodes, while former Rays pitcher Doug Waechter also returns to provide in-depth pitching analysis.
In addition to the 150 games on FOX Sports Sun, the Rays will be nationally televised twice on the FOX family of networks. Rays fans can watch Tampa Bay take on the Minnesota Twins Saturday, June 4 at 4 p.m. on FS1, and Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. vs. the Yankees on FOX Broadcast network.
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.
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