Rays Vs. Rangers Preview: Schedule, TV Info And More

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - July 19: Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Tampa Bay Rays starts against the New York Yankees July 19, 2011 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Hellickson was the winner. The Rays won 3 - 2. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Rays face the Texas Rangers on Friday to start a three-game weekend series between an AL playoff contender and an AL playoff hopeful.

The Rays begin a three-game home series against the AL West division leading Rangers on Friday as they look to inch closer to the top of the AL Wild Card standings. Tampa Bay is just a game and a half behind the Orioles and Athletics for that position.

These two teams played a little more than a week ago in Arlington, where the Rangers took two of the three games. Tampa is looking for different results as the end of the season is nearer.

Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.41 ERA) will take the mound for Tampa and Derek Holland (10-6, 4.79) gets the start for the Rangers.

Take a look at the game schedule and broadcast information here:

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 7, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Tropicana Field

TV: KTXA, SUN

Online streaming: MLB.tv

Read more on the Rays at DRaysBay and SB Nation Tampa Bay. Head over to Lone Star Ball and SB Nation Dallas for more on the Rangers. Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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