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Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter John Jaso (28) signs his bat for Regan Blaise, 11, center, after the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-3.

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Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter John Jaso (28) signs his bat for Regan Blaise, 11, center, after the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-3.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays play the Padres today and for all Tuesday home games, tickets for kids 14 and under are $2 with the purchase of a full price paid adult ticket. A maximum of two kid tickets per adult. 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: With live music from jazz to rock, pop to island, plus vegetables and fruit, baked goods, plants, crafts. 9 a.m., Gulfport, Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 902-2326.

Wordier than Thou: Prose and Short Story Open Mic: A unique open mic series focusing on storytelling. Poetry and musical performances are not allowed. Includes a performance by a featured reader followed by numerous 10-minute open mic slots. 7 p.m., [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 895-6620.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Olympics at MOSI: To celebrate the Summer Olympics, MOSI has created 11 indoor versions of some favorite events that also sneak in some science lessons. There is also a scavenger hunt of sport science facts that earn kids a medal when complete. Included with admission. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $26.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. Parking is $5. (813) 987-6000.

The Beach Tampa: Part art installation, part science lesson, you can play in an ocean of 1.2 million white plastic balls in a 15,000 square foot architectural installation created by the New York design firm Snarkitecture. Free timed tickets and parking vouchers also available through thebeachtampa.com. Open through Aug. 25. 12 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free with timed ticket. (813) 301-2500.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE Driven by Food, 9 p.m., Travel Channel Didn't make it to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics? You can at least get a feel for some of country's rich and diverse culinary experiences in the opening episode of the new series Andrew Zimmern is our guide.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Looking for a some place new to eat? Check out our restaurant reviews at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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