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Rays rail: Bald because they care

Bald moves

Manager Joe Maddon expects to be joined by dozens of players, coaches, staff, team execs, maybe even radio pregame and postgame host Neil Solondz, in shaving their heads at 11:30 a.m. today on the Charlotte Sports Park boardwalk to raise funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation for a second year. Fans can get their heads shaved and a T-shirt for a $100 donation. Other donations can be made online at pcfcutforacure.org or for $10 by texting "Cut" to 5055.



A bald souvenir

The same T-shirts the Rays are wearing for today's event will be sold for $15.99 — with proceeds going to charity — at the Trop, Charlotte Sports Park, Tampa team store, All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Moffitt Cancer Center and Pediatric Cancer Foundation in Tampa.



Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

18: Off

19: at Tigers

20: at Twins, 7:05

21: vs. Jays

22: vs. Orioles, at Pirates

23: vs. Twins

24: at Yankees

25: vs. Pirates, 7:05

26: at Phillies

27: vs. Jays

28: at Orioles, 7:05

29: at Tigers

30: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10



Bald quote of the day

"I think a lot of us really anticipated coyote ugly; we weren't quite that bad."

Joe Maddon, manager, on how he and other Rays looked after shaving their heads last year

Who is this Ray?

He began his career as an infielder with the A's. Earned the nickname El Campeon from Joe Maddon when both were in the Angels organization. Drives an orange Camaro.

The dish Rays vs. Phillies

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

TV/Internet radio: Sun Sports; mlb.com (subscription required)

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $12. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.

Gates open: 11 a.m.

Directions: Driving time from the bay area is 1½-2 hours. Suggested route: Interstate 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 10:30.

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

Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Kyle Farnsworth, Joel Peralta, Jamey Wright, Brandon Gomes; Phillies — John Lannan, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus, Jeremy Horst

Heads-up

Matt Moore has not been sharp and has had mechanical issues in each of his first three appearances, allowing nine hits and six walks in 7⅔ innings.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

On deck

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 1:05. Rays — Roberto Hernandez; Red Sox — Alfredo Aceves

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35. Rays — Alex Cobb; Red Sox — TBA

Who is this Ray? RHP Joel Peralta

Rays rail: Bald because they care 03/14/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:13pm]
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