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Rays: Maddon signs head of a hero

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Manager Joe Maddon has signed his share of autographs, but Tuesday brought a unique request. Retired Orlando firefighter Larry Stone, 51, who is battling lung cancer, asked for his bald head to be signed. Stone, who worked 24 years for Orange County rescue, saved two teenage girls on the morning of his last day of work in 2010. "Met a truly heroic man (Tuesday)," Maddon tweeted. "… Was an honor."

What a mess

LHP David Price said he enjoyed getting messy with RHP Chris Archer while participating in a game of "splash pong," which aired Tuesday night on an episode of Off The Bat from the MLB Fan Cave on MTV2. Price and co-host Melanie Iglesias faced Archer and host Chris Distefano in a game where buckets of water and milk, among others, were poured on their heads. "We had a good time," Price said. "A real good time."

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight; 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: LH Cesar Ramos (1-1, 3.05)

ORIOLES: RH Bud Norris (2-2, 3.94)

On Ramos: Pitched in relief Saturday after throwing a career-high 95 pitches in Thursday's start in Boston, allowing one run, with six walks and six strikeouts in 4⅔ innings. Is 0-0, 3.63 in 14 career appearances (no starts) against the Orioles.

On Norris: Has won his past two starts and gave up one run in 5⅓ innings against the Pirates on Thursday. Is 1-2, 4.19 in four career appearances (three starts) against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays VS. NORRIS

D. DeJesus 7-for-13, 2 HRs

James Loney 9-for-17

Ben Zobrist 1-for-8, HR

ORIOLES VS. RAMOS

J.J. Hardy 5-for-9, 2 HRs

Adam Jones 1-for-8

Matt Wieters 1-for-7

On deck

Thursday: vs. Orioles, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (3-2, 4.44); Orioles — RH Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 5.19)

Friday: vs. Indians, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-3, 6.83); Indians — RH Corey Kluber (2-3, 4.14)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays: Maddon signs head of a hero 05/06/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:25am]
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