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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon won't go totally bare-headed; David Price may recruit help toweling off

Bald move of the day

Manager Joe Maddon has decided on a closely trimmed No. 1 cut, rather than going all the way (a la USF coach Stan Heath), for Thursday's head-shaving to benefit pediatric cancer, concerned about the issues of an in-grown hair. He doesn't plan to live with the look long: "My hair does grow relatively quick. I hope this is not going to put a damper on the reproduction process of my follicles."

Preventive maneuver of the day

LHP David Price will return to action Tuesday, planning to take it easier toweling off his head between innings after knocking himself out of Thursday's game by overdoing it. Actually, the 6-foot-6 Price said he may get some help from his bosses. "I might have Joe (Maddon) do it," he said. "Andrew (Friedman)'s too short."

Who is this Ray?

He is the youngest of eight children. He was acquired in trade from the Angels. He made his big-league debut last season.

Rays vs. Twins

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

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: 11 a.m.

Parking: $10, lots open at 10:30

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

Pitchers: Rays — James Shields, Kyle Farnsworth, Jake McGee, Cesar Ramos, Matt Bush, Matt Torra; Twins — Carl Pavano, Phil Dumatrait, Glen Perkins, Matt Capps

Heads-up

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, held back for what the Rays say was just cautious handling, makes his exhibition debut.

On deck

Tuesday: at Orioles, 1:05. Rays — David Price; O's — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Marlins, 1:05. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Marlins — TBA

Thursday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — TBA; Phillies — TBA

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

16: at Jays

17: at Pirates

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: LHP Alex Torres

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon won't go totally bare-headed; David Price may recruit help toweling off 03/11/12 [Last modified: Sunday, March 11, 2012 6:56pm]
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