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Rays get final approval, so it's play ball at Trop on Friday vs. Red Sox

The Rays got final approval this morning to return to the Trop and resume their home schedule by hosting the Red Sox starting Friday night.

Through Tropicana Field didn't sustain any major damage from Hurricane Irma, the Rays were waiting for the okay to play from St. Petersburg and Pinellas County officials, specifically tied to power outages that left traffic lights near the staidum inoperable.

"Tropicana Field is in good shape, and staff are busy making sure it is ready for Friday,'' Rays president Brian Auld said. "Our biggest concern was not overburdening the remarkable first responders who have been working around the clock to get Tampa Bay up and running. Now that we have the go-ahead from them, we are encouraged to be getting things back to normal."

After having their series against the Yankees relocated to the Mets' Citi Field, the Rays are flying home after today's game and were optimistic of playing at the Trop at some point this weekend. Now they have the go-ahead to play as scheduleld, with games at 7:10 Friday, 6:10 Saturday and 1:10 Sunday.


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