Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Longoria's new hairdo attracts attention

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 1:10 today, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (2-4, 3.99)

ORIOLES: RH Kevin Gausman (2-1, 3.71)

On Cobb: Snapped three-game losing streak with strong start vs. Astros Friday, striking out 11 (10 on changeups). Is 3-0, 1.73 in four starts vs. Orioles, 2-0, 1.17 at the Trop.

On Gausman: 2012 first-round pick made it majors last May, but opened this season at Triple A. Winless until May 25 while on strict pitch count. Lost to Rays in a June '13 start.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Gausman

Yunel Escobar 3-for-3

Evan Longoria 1-for-3

Ben Zobrist 4-for-4

orioles vs. cobb

J.J. Hardy 3-for-11

Nelson Cruz 1-for-6

Adam Jones 3-for-12

On deck

Thursday: vs. Astros, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-4, 3.40); Astros — TBA

Friday: vs. Astros, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (5-6, 3.93); Astros — TBA

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.73); Astros — TBA

Sunday: vs. Astros, 1:40. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.33); Astros — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Lowdown on Longo's new 'do

3B Evan Longoria had been sporting a Mohawk for a few days but decided Monday that blondes have more fun. His inspiration for the dye job was actually the World Cup, "and all the interesting hairstyles they have," and supporting the U.S. team. Plus, he thought it would, um, lighten the mood around the Rays clubhouse. "I think everyone has made a conscious effort to do something different or just bring a different attitude to the ballpark, whatever it is," he said, "so this is my contribution."

A team effort?

Longoria said he wasn't expecting the rest of the team to adopt his look but would like to see some others try things similarly odd: "The more Ray-like thing would be for everybody to kind of do something crazy and really express themselves however they saw fit."

And from the top

Manager Joe Maddon called Longoria's look "fashionable" and said that under the right terms, he'd be open to trying it himself. "I'm not beyond that," he said. "With the right motivation, if somebody laid out the gauntlet, I'd consider it."

 
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