Fox Sports Sun to televise 150 Rays games; 7 won't be on TV

Published Mar. 2, 2017

Fox Sports Sun announced plans Thursday to televise its usual 150 Rays games, and the return of pre- and post-game host Rich Hollenberg to complete its crew for the upcoming seaoson.

With three games set for national coverage on FS1, and two in Miami on the Marlins broadcast, there will be seven Rays games not on television. Five are midweek matinees (April 20 vs. Detroit, May 17 at Cleveland, May 25 vs. Los Angeles, July 26 vs. Baltimore, Aug. 24 vs. Toronto) and two are late-night west coast games (June 2 at Seattle, July 17 at Oakland).

The three FS1 games are April 5 (Yankees), June 17 (at Tigers) and July 22 (Rangers); the two Marlins games are May 3-4.

The April 2 opener will be televised nationally by ESPN and regionally by Fox Sports Sun.

The Fox announcement confirms the rehiring of Hollenberg, who was told last month he was being replaced. The release made no mention of that, just that Hollenberg would return for his fourth season with what will be expanded duty as the fulltime pre- and postgame host with the departure of Todd Kalas, and will work with analysts Orestes Destrade and Doug Waechter.

"I can't wait to get started again, and expand my role covering the Rays,'' Hollenberg said. "I have big shoes to fill, but I welcome the opportunity and am proud to be a part of one of the best broadcast teams in baseball.''

Dewayne Staats will be return for his 20th season as the play-by-play voice of the team, joined for the ninth season by analyst Brian Anderson. Alex Corddry was hired as the in-game reporter, replacing Kalas, who took the Astros play-by-play job.

The 150 games on Fox Sports Sun also will be available for live streaming on the Fox Sports Go app for customers of participating pay-TV providers.