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Tampa Bay Rays: List of shaved heads continues to grow; originator Vinny Lecavalier thrilled by Rays' participation

Bald move of the day

The list of players joining manager Joe Maddon in shaving their heads Thursday to raise funds for pediatric cancer (pcfcutforacure.org) is over 25. Maddon is pleased with the turnout, and said they will benefit as well with "a galvanizing effect with us as a group." Also in the works, a way for "fan involvement."

Bald reaction of the day

Maddon said it originated with Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier, who told our Damian Cristodero: "Obviously when Joe accepted it was huge for the cause. … To bring in the Rays and everybody in the community, it's just a great feeling."

Precautionary move

With David Price pitching for the first time since his towel incident, manager Joe Maddon said they'd check the dugout supply. "You never know that the Orioles may have thrown a little extra towel hardener in there of some kind, or they may have attached some velcro to the towel to really tug and pull," he said. And if they were playing the Red Sox? "It would be BYOTs in Boston."

Who is this Ray?

He is second cousins with a two-time MLB All-Star. He starred at Lake Wales High. He shot a bear with a crossbow during a trip to Toronto.

The dish

Rays vs. Marlins

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.

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 (S.R. 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 — Jeremy Hellickson, Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta, Brandon Gomes, Bryan Augenstein, J.P. Howell; Marlins — Anibal Sanchez, Wade LeBlanc, Edward Mujica, Steve Cishek, Jose Ceda

On deck

Thursday: vs. Phillies, 1:05. Rays — Wade Davis; Phillies — Joel Pineiro

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

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

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: RHP Wade Davis.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: List of shaved heads continues to grow; originator Vinny Lecavalier thrilled by Rays' participation 03/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:45pm]
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