Posted 6/2/12 at 1:17 PM

Due up for the Rays in the 1st: Gucci, Grand Master Flash, Rev Run

LL Cool J makes his triumphant return to Tropicana Field tonight as Tampa Bay kicks off a fifth season of the Summer Concert Series.

And the Rays are rolling out the red carpet. Or, simply rolling up their pant legs in a Hip Hop Night salute.

Saturday's lineup was posted with a special rapper theme, while players mimicked LL's trademark style during batting practice. Luke Scott, bench coach Dave Martinez and even the newest Ray, Hideki Matsui, joined in on the pregame fashion statement.

As they prepare for the second game of their weekend series against the Orioles, the first-place Rays are looking to improve on their 27-6 record prior to Saturday concert nights at the Trop.

-- J.B. Long

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