ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays open the 2018 MLB season against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

Thursday's game is sold out. It marks the 13th consecutive year the Rays have sold out the home opener.

The Rays are set to play in their 21st Opening Day in team history.

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Fox Sports Sun will broadcast the game on television. Fans can also listen to the game on the radio on 620 WDAE/95.3 FM and WGES 680.

On Thursday, MLB team was supposed to play its Opening Day game on the same day for the first time since 1968. The Reds-Nationals game is postponed due to inclement weather. Twenty-eight teams will play their openers on Thursday.


The team announced Tuesday that fans can only purchase gameday parking at Tropicana Field with a credit card or Rays Card. Parking lot attendants will no longer accept cash.

Parking lots open at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Related: Rays parking lots will no longer accept cash

Ballpark Info

Tropicana Field gates open at 2 p.m. Thursday. Players will greet fans at Gate 1 for the first few minutes.

Photos: Tropicana Field through the years


Fans attending Thursday's game will receive a schedule magnet and 20th-anniversary cowbell, while supplies last. Click or tap here for more information.

Watch: Click or tap here to see the new additions inside Tropicana Field

Rays vs. Red Sox

Chris Archer is listed as the Rays' probable starting pitcher. Archer is making his fourth consecutive Opening Day start. Chris Sale will likely get the start for the Red Sox.

The Rays finished the 2017 season third in the American League East with an 80-82 record. The Red Sox finished first in the division with a 93-69 record.

The Rays are 10-10 in season openers and 10-10 in home openers.

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