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.
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.