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Want your own hug from Steven Souza Jr.? Rays are giving them away

After unveiling their 20th anniversary plans on Wednesday, the Rays today released the rest of their promotional schedule, with an additional 18 giveaways — all on Saturdays and Sundays.

Among the most interesting, a "Hugging Steven Souza Jr." doll for all fans on June 30, playing off his popular dugout greetings for teammates.

Also, on May 26, a Kevin Kiermaier "Star Wars Pop Vinyl," which is a line of collectible figurines, with Kiermaier dressed as Han Solo.

Among the Sunday giveaways, for kids 14 and under, are a Chris Archer snapback hat (June 24), Souza wristbands (April 15) and a Kiermaier lunch box (Aug.5).

Overall, there are 12 items tied to the anniversary, including bobbleheads for Wade Boggs, Carl Crawford, Aki Iwamura, Dan Johnson, Fred McGriff/Tino Martinez, and 18 other giveaways.

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That includes two each for Souza, Kiermaier and the DJ Kitty mascot and one each for Archer and the Raymond mascot. There are not any players, such as Alex Colome and Corey Dickerson (past Rays All-Stars) or veterans Jake Odorizzi and Wilson Ramos, who are potential trade candidates this season. Nor is there one for promising starter Blake Snell.

Supplies are limited, the Rays note. Single-game ticket sales are expected to launch in the next few weeks.

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