Rays prep for weekend crowds, possible mid-week David Price sighting

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Expectations of a higher than usual attendance for a Rays-Yankees game, including a near-sellout on Saturday, grow as Derek Jeter and the Yankees swing into Tropicana Field for a three game home stand beginning today.

The Rays host the Yankees at 7:10 p.m., Saturday at 4:10 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:40 p.m. Gates open two hours prior to game time and limited tickets are available at www.raysbaseball.com.

This weekend’s home stand is the first of two opportunities to see Jeter in action at the Trop before he hangs up his cleats at the end of the season. Another chance comes September 15-17 when Yankees return for three games, all at 7:10 p.m.

Meanwhile, fans of former Ray David Price might be in for a treat when the Rays attempt to tame the Detroit Tigers August 19-21 at the Trop.

While it is not known yet if Price will take the mound, fans may at least get a glimpse of 2012’s Cy Young Award winner back on his home turf. Next week’s games are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. on Thursday.

Traffic on streets surrounding Tropicana Field and I-275 near downtown St. Petersburg on Thursday is expected to be heavier than usual around lunchtime and during rush hour due to the afternoon game.

Additional information on the game, including parking, is available at www.stpete.org/baseballparking.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.