Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: Fans can get in on head-shaving for cancer charity; Matt Joyce flips coin for one of two NCAA brackets

Deal of the day

Manager Joe Maddon and about 25 Rays and coaches will shave their heads today to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation; it'll take place at 11:30 a.m. by the rightfield gate of Charlotte Sports Park. Fans can get in on the act, with the first 15 to donate $100 to the PCF at the stadium getting a tight haircut plus an autographed "Fortune Favors the Bald" shirt.

Flips of the day

With March Madness under way, many Rays were filling out their brackets Wednesday morning. OF Matt Joyce tried his hand at two, one with his actual predictions and another where all the winners were decided by a flip of a coin; in that one, Ohio State beat Louisville in the title game. "It's just fun," he said.

Quote of the day

"My first thought was, 'Shoot, a concussion is not what we need or want.' "

INF Sean Rodriguez, on what was going through his mind when LF Desmond Jennings and CF B.J. Upton collided.

Rays vs. Phillies (ss)

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

TV: Sun Sports

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-27, berm/boardwalk $9. Available through raysbaseball.com and Ticketmaster, at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, Tampa team store.

Gates open: 10:35 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 10:30

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

Pitchers: Rays — Wade Davis, Alex Colome, Dane De La Rosa, Kyle Farnsworth, Josh Lueke, Cesar Ramos; Phillies — Joel Pineiro, relievers TBA.

On deck

Friday: at Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Jays — Ricky Romero

Saturday: at Pirates, 1:05. Rays — James Shields; Pirates — TBA

Odds of the day

The Rays are 18-1 to win the World Series, per online site Bovada, including 9-1 to win the AL pennant and their over/under for wins at 86½.

Who is this Ray?

He played in 13 minor-league seasons — including a stint with the then-Devil Rays — before appearing in the majors (in 2010 with the Mets). He played for Team Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

18: Red Sox

19: Off

20: at Marlins

21: Yankees

22: at Pirates

23: Jays (7:05)

24: at Twins (3:05)

25: Marlins

26: at Twins

27: at Red Sox (1:35)

28: Pirates (7:05)

29: at Phillies

30: at Pirates

31: Red Sox

April

1: at Orioles

2: Twins*

3: at Twins

4: vs. Future Rays, 1:40, at Trop

* Value game, $2 off

Who is this answer: OF Jesus Feliciano

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

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