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Major league baseball preview: Hot dates at the Trop

Five dates at the Trop you might want to check out:

April 13-19, Yankees and White Sox: It's championship week, and the Rays are sharing all kinds of things. On April 13, they raise the AL pennant, and (even better) the Yankees have to watch. Their ring ceremony is the 14th, and all fans get snazzy replicas. On the 15th, championship cowbells. On the 18th, replica trophies. And on the 19th, pennants for the kids.

April 30-May 3, Red Sox: It's. The. Red Sox. Back at the Trop for the first time since the Game 7 of the ALCS, and with all their "longtime" fans in pink hats and just-purchased shirts. It's also a chance to welcome back Rocco Baldelli, and that's a pretty good reason to be there, too.

June 23-25, Phillies: An opportunity for Rays fans to return the "hospitality" the Philadelphians showed during the World Series. As if they could be that rude. The good news is there's no chance of a 46-hour rain delay.

Sept. 6, Tigers: Of all the cool things on the promotional schedule (including the Evan Longoria Rookie of the Year figurine on May 16; the Aki Rattle Drum on Sept. 20; and bobbleheads for Dioner Navarro, June 14; James Shields, June 28; Carl Crawford, July 12; and Scott Kazmir, Aug. 2), what we're most intrigued by is the Carlos Pena robot, known as the Robo-Los action figure, given to the first 10,000 kids at this game.

Oct. 2-4, Yankees: It's fun to think of what could be at stake when they meet in the season-ending series.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Major league baseball preview: Hot dates at the Trop 04/03/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 3, 2009 6:56pm]
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