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Rays: Myers still won't cut hair

Compromise of the day

About 30 Rays players, coaches and staff members are expected to shave their heads before today's game to raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Bench coach Dave Martinez unsuccessfully tried to convince RF Wil Myers to shave his trademark hair. "He doesn't want to mess that 'do up," Martinez said. Myers said he will, however, buy five haircuts at the event.

Quote of the day

"He can't throw the ball any better than he is right now."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on RHP Brandon Gomes, left, who has allowed one hit and struck out eight in 52/3 spring innings.

Who is this Ray?

He played for the University of Florida despite his father, Bien, a brief big-leaguer, being a Florida State All-American. He's a versatile infielder who was acquired from the Padres in the Jason Bartlett trade.

The dish

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: Sold out

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: I-75 south to Exit 179 (Toledo Blade Road), go west 6½ miles (crossing U.S. 41) to El Jobean Road (SR 776), go right 2 miles, complex is on the left.

Parking: $10; lots open at 10.

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Pitchers: Rays — LH David Price. Red Sox — RH Allen Webster, Drake Britton, Rich Hill, Francisco Cordero, Brayan Villarreal

Heads-up

Today is the only game at Charlotte Sports Park this spring with instant replay available.

Exhibition schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

17 OFF

18 at Twins, 7:05

19 at Orioles

20 Twins, 7:05

21 Blue Jays

22 Orioles

23 at Red Sox

24 at Twins

25 Red Sox

26 Orioles 7:05

27 at Orioles, 7:05

28 at Tigers

29 at AA Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05

Who is this Ray: INF Cole Figueroa

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Rays: Myers still won't cut hair 03/15/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:08pm]
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