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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]


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 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Prices starting at $20. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. TV: Fox Sports Sun; radio: 620-AM, 95.3-FM.


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. TV: Fox; radio: 97.9-FM.


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.

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.

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.