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This Week In Tampa Bay: August 8th-14th

This week in Tampa Bay sports, the Rays face the Royals and Yankees, and the Buccaneers have their first preseason game of the year.

The Tampa Bay area is a happening place for sports. There are few metropolitan areas in the country that boast three professional sports franchises, but the Tampa Bay area is one of them. Between the Rays, Buccaneers, and Lightning -- not to mention the Rowdies and Storm -- there's always some sports action going on locally.

Not only that, but these teams are incredibly fun to follow; we're in a golden age for Tampa Bay sports. All three major franchises are well run, competitive, and youth-focused, and should be major players in their sport for years in the future. If you're living in Tampa Bay and you love sports, you couldn't ask for a better trio of sports franchises to follow.

As a result, we're starting a new feature here: This Week in Tampa Bay Sports. It can sometimes be difficult to keep up on what every team is doing, so we'll be posting a schedule each Monday on all the upcoming events that week. We'll be reporting on these games and events as the week goes along, and then posting a weekly recap in this Stream.

To receive these updates automatically, you can follow along by either "Liking" this Stream or by following SB Nation Tampa Bay. If you have any feedback for this series or would like to see us include certain pieces of information, please reach out to us in the comments below or on Twitter.
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Monday, August 8th

Royals at Rays, 7:10pm -- Luke Hochevar vs. Jeremy Hellickson
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Tuesday, August 9th

Royals at Rays, 7:10pm -- Jeff Francis vs. James Shields
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Wednesday, August 10th

Royals at Rays, 7:10pm -- Felipe Paulino vs. Wade Davis
FC Tampa Bay at Montreal Impact, 7:30pm 
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Thursday, August 11th

Royals at Rays, 12:10pm -- Danny Duffy vs. Jeff Niemann
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Friday, August 12th

Rays at Yankees, 7:05pm -- TBA
Buccaneers at Chiefs, 8:00pm -- First preseason game of the year for the Bucs.
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Saturday, August 13th

Rays at Yankees, 4:10pm -- TBA
Minnesota Stars at FC Tampa Bay, 7:00pm 
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Sunday, August 14th

Rays at Yankees, 1:05pm -- TBA
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If you are interested in attending any of these games, tickets can be purchased here: RaysBucsFC Tampa Bay.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.