Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)


spring training

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 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


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


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


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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rowdies shut out at Pittsburgh


    PITTSBURGH — The Rowdies lost their first USL game in nearly a month, 1-0 to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

  2. LSU's Paul Mainieri defends FSU's Mike Martin; Gators play Friday


    OMAHA, Neb. — LSU coach Paul Mainieri says whether Florida State's Mike Martin ever wins a national championship should have no bearing on how his long career in college baseball is judged.

    MADE IT: Josh Watson beats the tag of Louisville catcher Colby Fitch during TCU’s 4-3 win in the College World Series.
  3. Lightning fans, don't get attached to your first-round draft picks

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — When Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announces his first-round pick tonight in the amateur draft at No. 14, he'll invite the prospect onto the stage for the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) eludes  Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) during the second period of Wednesday???‚??„?s (12/28/16) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  4. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman also has top-9 wing on his wish list

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Much has been made about the Lightning's interest in bolstering its blue line, even after last week's acquisition of defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev.

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101