Rays' '07 TV sked most in club's history
Fans will be able to watch 146 of team's games regionally
ST. PETERSBURG -- Devil Rays fans will be able to watch 146 of the team's games on regional television in 2007, the most in club history.
Seventy-five games are scheduled to be produced and televised statewide on FSN, of which half will be available in high definition. An additional 67 games will be carried by Rays TV on ION Television's WXPX-TV 66 (formerly PAX).
While the Rays' over-the-air and FSN Florida regional schedule of 142 total games is the same number as last year's all-time high, fans will have the opportunity to see four additional Rays games against the Marlins, which are being produced and televised statewide by FSN Florida as part of the Marlins' regional TV schedule -- bringing the total to 146. The Rays' over-the-air games will again be available on DirecTV.
Highlighting the Rays' 2007 regional television schedule will be all of the team's games against the Red Sox and Yankees. Sixty-nine of the games shown will be away games and 73 will be home games.
FSN Florida will carry the season opener at New York on April 2. The games will be available statewide on FSN Florida in more than 5.1 million cable and satellite homes.
The home opener on April 6 against the Blue Jays will be carried on WXPX-TV 66, available in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area on either cable Channel 17 throughout most of the area or on Channel 66 for those households without cable. The Rays will also air 67 games in Orlando on WOPX-TV 56.
All three of the Rays' regular-season games in Orlando, May 15-17 against the Rangers, will be televised. FSN Florida will carry two of the games, and Rays TV will telecast the second game of the series.
FSN Florida will also televise two Spring Training games: March 24 vs. the Red Sox from Progress Energy Park, and March 31 vs. the Mets from Tropicana Field.
Calling the action for the 10th consecutive season is the broadcasting team of Dewayne Staats and Joe Magrane. Working together since the team's inaugural 1998 season, Staats and Magrane have been the team's only television announcers. Staats, a 31-year veteran of television and radio, will again handle the play-by-play duties. Magrane, who played 10 years in the Major Leagues, returns as color analyst.
FSN Florida will also produce and air new episodes of its "Inside the Devil Rays" television series, hosted by Todd Kalas. Kalas returns as the pregame host and in-game reporter for all telecasts; this will be his 10th season with the Rays and 14th in the Major Leagues. Nine half-hour episodes of "Inside the Devil Rays" are planned, and they will include player profiles, with rare behind-the-scenes stories and interviews, plus episodes offering inside access to other aspects of the team and its operations.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.