Hoop-it-up notes of the day
Manager Joe Maddon is a Lafayette man but said he was okay cheering for usual rival Lehigh in the NCAA Tournament. "Under the bylaws of the institutions both ways, if the other team is in the Big Dance, you're permitted to root for them under those circumstances only." … He also is impressed with USF's tenacious efforts: "(The Rays are) all about pitching and defense. It sounds like they might be about that, too."
Heads-up note of the day
Maddon said there have been no sunburn casualties among the newly bald players — heads shaved for charity — though he was serious about having them take batting practice without hats so they'd get some sun on their heads, in essence an all-over tan. "You don't want the top of your head being white and the rest of you is not," he said.
Quote of the day
"That was my first hit? For real?"
Carlos Peña, clearly unfazed by his 0 for 14 start before a triple Saturday.
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: Extremely limited number available. 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: 10:30 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 — Matt Moore, Kyle Farnsworth, Josh Lueke, Cesar Ramos; Red Sox — Clay Buchholz, Vicente Padilla, Justin Thomas, Scott Atchison, Jesse Carlson
With Moore making his first spring start, David Price will work in a minor-league game today in Port Charlotte.
Tuesday: at Marlins, 1:05. Rays — Wade Davis; Marlins — TBA
Wednesday: Yankees, 1:05. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Yankees — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
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 Tropicana Field
* Value game, $2 off
Who is this Ray?
He is the only native Iowa player in Rays history. His dog is named after one of his favorite players growing up: Jeter. He won the 2012 AL rookie of the year award.
Who is this answer: RHP Jeremy Hellickson.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer