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.
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
Today is the only game at Charlotte Sports Park this spring with instant replay available.
All games 1:05 unless noted
18 at Twins, 7:05
19 at Orioles
20 Twins, 7:05
21 Blue Jays
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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