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Tampa Bay Rays return for 10-game homestand featuring concerts, giveaways

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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Rays return home on Friday for a 10-game homestand leading into the All-Star break with lots of reasons fans should make the trip to Tropicana Field.

The Rays open up a three-game weekend set against the Chicago White Sox (July 5-7) before taking on the Minnesota Twins (July 8-11) and the Houston Astros (July 12-14).

PHOTOS: Rays concerts, giveaways July 5-14

Fans can "Turn Back the Clock" to '70s Night when, prior to the Rays-White Sox 7:15 p.m. game on Saturday, July 6. During the game, the Rays will wear their popular retro uniforms developed last season and the White Sox will take the field in their 1974 home uniforms. The uniforms will then be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Moffitt Cancer Center and the Rays Baseball Foundation.

Also at Saturday's game, the first 20,000 fans will receive an Evan Longoria Retro Bobblehead presented by Bright House Networks (gates open at 5:15 p.m.).

When gates open at 11:40 a.m. for Sunday's Rays-White Sox series finale, kids 14 and under will receive a Super Zo Utility Belt presented by Stanley (while supplies last). 

The Rays and Twins kick off a four-game series on Monday, July 8 at 7:10 p.m. The series concludes on Thursday, July 11 with a 12:10 p.m. game where kids 14 and under will receive Rays Cheer Stix (while supplies last).

The Rays-Astros series opens on Friday, July 12 at 7:10 p.m. Throughout the series, the Rays Wives are holding a collection drive at Tropicana Field to collect new toiletries for local families in need. The collection points will be inside Center Field Street and at Gate 5. All items collected will be donated to the Salvation Army of St. Petersburg for "Thanksmas in July."

After the 4:10 p.m. game against the Astros on Saturday, July 13, the Rays will continue the 2013 Summer Concert Series with a performance by KC & The Sunshine Band.

On Sunday, July 14, kids 14 and under will receive a DJ Kitty Confetti Globe presented by Sagicor Life Insurance (while supplies last). Following the game, the 2013 Summer Concert Series continues with a performance by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Tickets for Rays 2013 regular season home games are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Rays Tampa Store (400 N. Tampa St.) and the Gate 1 Tropicana Field Box Office, as well as over the phone at 888-FAN-RAYS and 1-800-745-3000, or online at raysbaseball.com.

Gates open Monday through Thursday 1-and-a-half hours prior to game time; Friday through Sunday two hours prior to game time. 

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