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Rays altering weekend start times

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Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 07:29 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have changed the start times for Friday home games, moving them up to 7:10 p.m.

They've also juggled the start times on Saturday, with games that begin at 3:10 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.

Friday night games began at 7:38 last season, a move aimed toward given fans more time to reach Tropicana Field. While many liked the later start, the Rays learned most fans didn't like the later finishes.

Saturday game times are affected by FOX baseball, which does not permit teams to televise games during the 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. slot reserved for the FOX Saturday Game of the Week, and the Rays annual summer concert series.

FOX will come to the Trop for three games - Apr. 10 against the Yankees (3:10 p.m.), May 15 against the Mariners (4:10) and Aug. 14 against the Orioles (4:10).

The game against Arizona on Jun. 26 will start at 4:05 p.m., because FOX is televising a night game that day.

The 6:10 p.m. starts are for the concert series, which will be announced in March.

All weeknight games start at 7:10. Sunday games begin at 1:40.

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