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Rays have diverse schedule of games with cultural/identity themes

They include three MLB-wide celebrations, 11 dedicated to specific heritages, the annual Pride Day and more.
 
A DJ plays bachata music before the Rays' game against the Yankees on Dominican Heritage day in May at Tropicana Field.
A DJ plays bachata music before the Rays' game against the Yankees on Dominican Heritage day in May at Tropicana Field. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Feb. 7

ST. PETERSBURG — As Rays officials put the finishing touches on their promotional schedule for the upcoming season, they have scheduled 22 games with cultural/identity themes.

They include three Major League Baseball-wide celebrations (Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, Lou Gehrig Day on June 7, Roberto Clemente Day on Sept. 20), 11 “Heritage” days based on nationalities, the annual Pride Day, and themed salutes to veterans, Black Legacy, Disability Pride, Special Olympics and more.

Each of the themed games includes a promotional item as part of a special ticket package. See raysbaseball.com for more details and ticketing information.

The promotional schedule and information on other ticketing options are expected to be released next week, ahead of the Feb. 17 Fan Fest.

Here is the full list of themed games:

• Greek Heritage/Autism Awareness, April 13

• Jackie Robinson Day, April 15

• Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage, May 24

• Salute to Veterans, May 26

• Lou Gehrig Day, June 7

• Pride Day, June 8

• Italian Heritage, June 9

• Black Legacy Game, June 28

• Irish Heritage, June 29

• Venezuelan Heritage, July 9

• Dominican Heritage, July 11

• Mexican Heritage, July 12

• Special Olympics, July 14

• Colombian Heritage, July 26

• Disability Pride, July 28

• Cuban Heritage, Aug. 9

• Jewish Community, Aug. 11

• Panamanian Heritage, Aug. 14

• Puerto Rican Heritage, Aug. 16

• Christian Faith, Aug. 17

• Childhood Cancer Awareness Day, Sept. 1

• Roberto Clemente Day, Sept. 20

Edwards added to spring roster

First baseman Evan Edwards has been added to the list of minor leaguers invited to major-league spring training camp.

Edwards, 26, spent most of last season at Double-A Montgomery, hitting .249 with 15 homers, 64 RBIs and an .822 OPS over 95 games. He also played 11 games with Triple-A Durham, batting .273 with one home run, five RBIs and an .829 OPS.

The left-handed swinger, acquired from the Marlins in a February 2021 trade for reliever John Curtiss, was a 2019 fourth-round pick from North Carolina State.

The Rays now have 73 players invited to camp, with the potential to add another pitcher or two on minor-league deals. Spring training opens Tuesday in Port Charlotte, with the first workout for pitchers and catchers on Wednesday.

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