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.
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.
All games 1:05 unless noted
18: Red Sox
20: at Marlins
22: at Pirates
23: Jays (7:05)
24: at Twins (3:05)
26: at Twins
27: at Red Sox (1:35)
28: Pirates (7:05)
29: at Phillies
30: at Pirates
31: Red Sox
1: at Orioles
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