Minor league baseball has returned to Port Charlotte.
The Tampa Bay Rays rookie affiliate in the Florida Complex League (formerly known as the Gulf Coast League), is currently playing games at Charlotte Sports Park. The Atlanta Braves affiliate is playing at CoolToday Park in North Port.
All games in this league are free of charge and open to public.
The teams are playing a 60-game schedule, which began on June 28 and runs through Sept. 18. The Rays are currently in third place in the FCL South division with an 13-5 record while the Braves are in fifth at 9-8.
In addition to the Braves, the Rays play the following opponents in the division, their games are played at Major League spring training sites: FCL Orioles Black, FCL Orioles Orange, FCL Pirates Black, FCL Pirates Gold, FCL Red Sox and FCL Twins.
The nine-inning games begin at noon on most days and usually 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
Tickets are not required for entry to the ballpark, but no outside food or drinks are allowed, aside from one personal, sealed water bottle per person. Seating is open.
The Rays coaching staff is led by manager Rafael Valenzuela and features 11 other coaches in total. Meanwhile the roster features a total of 44 players.
The Braves are led by manager Nestor Perez and are currently carrying 36 players on their roster.