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This week’s best Tampa Bay sports events

Rays, Bucs, Bolts and boxing, plus the Red Sox and Yankees invade Tropicana Field. Boo!
Tampa Bay Rays sensation Austin Meadows, right, and shortstop Willy Adames will have plenty to celebrate if their team can make ground this week. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
Published Sep. 18

RAYS: AL EAST RIVALS

The Tampa Bay Rays are still in the wild-card chase but things have tightened up after a recent rocky road trip. Now two division rivals with fan bases that love to turn Tropicana Field into their own ballpark — the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees — come to town. Boston visits for a four-game series with games Friday (7:10 p.m.), Saturday (6:10 p.m.), Sunday (1:10 p.m.) and Monday (7:10 p.m.). New York visits for night games Tuesday and Wednesday (7:10). For full information on promotions, visit mlb.com/rays/tickets/promotions. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Prices starting at $20. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. mpv.tickets.com. TV: Fox Sports Sun; radio: 620-AM, 95.3-FM.

BUCS: A GIANT OPPORTUNITY

What a difference a week makes: After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) bounced back with a Thursday night win at Carolina, the 0-2 New York Giants visit Tampa for what would seem to be a winnable game. Ticket prices vary. 4:05 p.m. Sunday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Toll-free 1-866-582-2827. buccaneers.com. TV: Fox; radio: 97.9-FM.

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Bolts: The Nashville Predators visit the Tampa Bay Lightning in preseason play. Ticket prices vary. 7 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500. ticketmaster.com.

Boxing: Ten pro bouts that include the return of Plant City’s Chevelle Hallback. $40-$100. 5 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Marriott Hotel, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd. N. (813) 297-9442. brownpapertickets.com.

IronKids: This family-friendly event includes runs that range from a baby Diaper Dash to a Mile Fun Run for teens. Also includes zoo admission. $35, $25 members. 8 a.m. Saturday. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552. zootampa.org.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Football teams around Tampa Bay are in action for Week 9 of the regular season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Lawrance Toafili and Co. aren’t deterred by the conditions in a key district victory over Sickles.
  2. Quarterback Addison Fulton hands the ball off to running back Jason Albritton during the first half against Sarasota Riverview. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    But the Wolves still have their chances, keep things close in a key district matchup.
  3. Football teams around Tampa Bay are in action for Week 9 of the regular season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Quarterback Tony Bartalo keeps flinging the ball and the Cowboys keep racking up the wins.
  4. Football teams around Tampa Bay are in action for Week 9 of the regular season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The Bulls and Land O’ Lakes agree to a running clock in the first half to help ward off the weather, injuries.
  5. Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates with teammates after he scored in overtime of the team's NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 in Sunrise, Fla. The Avalanche won 5-4. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) WILFREDO LEE  |  AP
    Now the Avalanche head to Amalie Arena for a showdown with the Lightning on Saturday.
  6. The Astros’ George Springer signals foul, but the delirious crowd in the rightfield stands at Yankee Stadium knows better as the ball hit by Aaron Hicks caroms off the foul pole for a three-run homer in the first inning of Game 5 of the AL Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. FRANK FRANKLIN II  |  AP
    After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, New York slugs two home runs in the bottom half of the inning and cuts the series lead to 3-2. Game 6 is tonight in Houston.
  7. Robinson junior Meg Courtney, center, celebrates after sealing up a 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-17 victory over Land O' Lakes in the Class 5A, District 6 title match. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The Knights may not have as many reps as other top teams, but appear solid in dispatching Land O’ Lakes for the district title.
  8. Football teams around Tampa Bay are in action for Week 9 of the regular season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    And the unbeaten Warriors close in on their first district title.
  9. The St. Petersburg High volleyball team is all smiles with their district trophy. RODNEY PAGE  |  Times
    The Green Devils win their second straight district volleyball championship.
  10. Football teams around Tampa Bay are in action for Week 9 of the regular season. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Another league match looms for the Mustangs, who are still very much in the playoff hunt.
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