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Spring fling: Fox Sports Sun to show 11 Rays exhibitions

Games will be available on TV and streamed; 21 of the exhibitions will be carried on radio.
Diego Castillo (63) kicks a ball around during spring training at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte last February. [TAILYR IRVINE  | TIMES  ]
Diego Castillo (63) kicks a ball around during spring training at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte last February. [TAILYR IRVINE | TIMES ]
Published Jan. 23

Fox Sports Sun will televise 11 of the Rays’ spring exhibition games, starting with their Feb. 23 home opener against the Yankees in Port Charlotte.

All 11 games will be available on TV and streamed via Fox Sports Go. Ten of the games will be staffed by a mix of play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats, analyst Brian Anderson and reporter Tricia Whitaker, plus what the network said would be “special guest appearances in the broadcast booth.” The Feb. 27 game against the Yankees will feature the YES Network telecast.

There will be radio coverage of 21 spring games, with 11 over the air on WDAE and network affiliates, and 10 on and the At-Bat app, with Andy Freed, Neil Solondz and Dave Wills providing coverage.

Here is the schedule of games that will be covered:

Feb. 22, at Red Sox, WDAE

Feb. 23, vs. Yankees, WDAE, Fox Sports Sun

Feb. 24, vs. Red Sox,, Fox Sports Sun

Feb. 26, vs. Twins,

Feb. 27, vs. Tigers,; at Yankees, Fox Sports Sun

Feb. 29, vs. Braves, WDAE

March 1, vs. Twins, WDAE, Fox Sports Sun

March 4, vs. Blue Jays,, Fox Sports Sun

March 5, vs. Pirates,

March 7, vs. Orioles, WDAE, Fox Sports Sun

March 8, vs. Pirates, WDAE

March 11, vs. Red Sox, WDAE, Fox Sports Sun

March 12, vs. Phillies,

March 14, at Blue Jays, WDAE

March 15, vs. Orioles, WDAE

March 16, vs. Braves,, Fox Sports Sun

March 19, vs. Blue Jays,, Fox Sports Sun

March 20, vs. Nationals,, Fox Sports Sun

March 21, at Phillies, WDAE

March 22, at Pirates, WDAE

March 24, vs. Rays prospects,, Fox Sports Sun


  1. Wander Franco throws to first during the spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Thursday. [WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Tampa Bay Rays]
  2. Wander Franco taking ground balls before his first big-league spring game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, with Willy Adames behind him. [MARC TOPKIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez (63) throws after reporting for spring training baseball camp Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) [JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP]
  4. Tim Tebow, playing then for the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League, has a laugh while answering questions during a news conference at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Aug. 10, 2017. [Tampa Bay Times]
  5. Jose Alvarado retires only one of the five batters he faces in his spring debut Wednesday. [MARC TOPKIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Joan Steinbrenner threw out the first pitch to Yankees catcher Jorge Posada in 2008 when Legends Field was renamed in honor of her husband George. Mr. Steinbrenner passed away two years later, and Mrs. Steinbrenner died in 2018. [Times]
  7. Wander Franco  is slated to play in his first big-league exhibition games, coming off the bench on Thursday in Port Charlotte, then starting Friday in West Palm Beach against the Nationals. [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  8. Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi watches pitchers in the bullpen during a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. [FRANK FRANKLIN II  |  AP]
  9. The Rays are hoping the rain holds off and they can play today in Port Charlotte. [MARC TOPKIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka speaks during a celebration of life for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Los Angeles. [MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ  |  AP]
  11. Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) works in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday  in Sarasota. [JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP]