Sixty-four members of the Rays organization, led by manager Joe Maddon and including principal owner Stuart Sternberg, shaved their heads, and one, DH Luke Scott, his mutton chops, on Friday to raise funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. There was also a female participant: Sandy Dengler, director of major-league administration. "We're having a hope-raising, hair-raising, fundraising event," PCF executive director Nancy Crane said. "Joe Maddon is a very special man." Donations can be made through pcfcutforacure.org, and T-shirts are available (for $15.99, with proceeds to charity) at team outlets, All Children's Hospital, the Moffitt Cancer Center and PCF offices.
Who is this Ray?
He began his career in the Pirates organization and made his big-league debut for the Royals. Is from the same hometown as Rays reliever Joel Peralta.
The dish Rays vs. Red Sox
When/where: 1:05 today; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte
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 10:30
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Pitchers: Rays — Roberto Hernandez, Dane De La Rosa, Jamey Wright, Jake McGee, Will Inman; Red Sox — Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller, Andrew Bailey.
CF Desmond Jennings, OF Matt Joyce, 1B James Loney are among the regulars expected to play.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35. Rays — Alex Cobb; Red Sox — TBA
Tuesday: at Tigers, 1:05. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Tigers — TBA
Who is this Ray? RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo
Remaining exhibition games
All games 1:05 unless noted
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