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Tampa Bay Rays: More than 20 players to join Joe Maddon in shaving heads for pediatric cancer benefit; the good-looking will still be good-looking when bald

Bald move of the day

More than 20 players, including mop-topped James Shields, Matt Moore, Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce, have signed up to join manager Joe Maddon in having their heads shaved Thursday, benefiting pediatric cancer. (See pcfcutforacure.org or text CUT to 50555 to donate $10). Maddon he was looking forward to it: "Who knows? I may actually embrace it for the future. And I'll just paint the top of my head black or brown or something."

Quote of the day

"It's like Demi Moore in 'GI Jane' (right) — if you're good-looking, you're good-looking. Those of us who are not, we have something to be concerned with."

Manager Joe Maddon, on the residuals of Thursday's head-shaving

For every action …

With so many players shaving their heads, manager Joe Maddon said they may hold hat-less workouts the next few days so the players can apply heavy sunblock to get "acclimated" to their new look. On the other hand, having more players with less hair should decrease the potential for additional toweling off injuries. "Less friction for the towel to grab on to," he said.

Who is this Ray?

He was high school teammates with Jeff Niemann, then played collegiately at William and Mary. He got his first big-league hit at the Trop. He was in Detroit's 2011 opening-day lineup.

The dish

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 1:05 today; Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota

Tickets: $10-45, available through orioles.com and at stadium

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

Pitchers: Rays — David Price, Matt Moore, Burke Badenhop, Wilking Rodriguez, Albert Suarez, Ryan Reid; O's — Jason Hammel, Brad Bergesen, Troy Patton, Matt Lindstrom

Heads-up

3B Evan Longoria, 1B Carlos Peña, OF Matt Joyce and C Jose Molina are among the name players on the travel squad.

On deck

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

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

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

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

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

INF Will Rhymes

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Twins 2, Rays 1 (10)

Min. ab r h bi T.B. ab r h bi

Revere cf 3 0 1 0 Jennings lf 3 0 2 1

Mstrianni cf 2 0 1 0 Feliciano cf 1 0 0 0

B.Dozier ss 4 0 2 0 B.Upton cf 2 0 0 0

Mauer dh 2 0 0 0 B.Coon rf 1 0 1 0

D.Rams ph 2 0 0 0 Zobrist rf 3 0 0 0

Parmelee 1b 3 0 0 0 Salazar lf 2 0 1 0

Bates 1b 1 0 0 0 Joyce dh 2 0 1 0

Doumit c 3 0 0 0 H.Lee ph-dh 2 0 0 0

D.Lehmann c 1 0 0 0 Keppinger 2b 2 0 1 0

Plouffe lf 4 0 0 0 Rhymes pr 3 0 0 0

Burroughs 3b 2 0 1 0 E.Johnson ss 3 0 0 0

R.Chang pr 1 0 0 0 H.Wrigley 3b 1 0 1 0

L.Hughes 2b 4 2 2 1 Mangini 1b 2 0 0 0

Tosoni rf 2 0 0 0 Beckham ss 2 0 0 0

O.Arcia rf 1 0 1 0 Gimenez 3b 2 0 1 0

S.Vogt c 2 0 1 0

Lobaton c 2 1 1 0

Anderson 1b 2 0 0 0

Totals 35 2 8 1 Totals 37 1 10 1

Minnesota 000 010 000 1— 2

Tampa Bay 001 000 000 0— 1

EFarnsworth (1), Lobaton (1). DPMinnesota 3. LOBMinnesota 7, Tampa Bay 10. 2BLobaton (1). 3BB.Dozier (1). HRL.Hughes (1). SBRevere (2). CSB.Coon (2), Joyce 2 (2).

Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO

Pavano 4 4 1 1 1 3

Perkins 1 2 0 0 1 1

Dumatrait 1 0 0 0 0 0

Bulger 1 0 0 0 0 0

Hendriks 1 2 0 0 0 0

T.Robertson W,1-0 1 2 0 0 0 1

D.Thompson S,1-1 1 0 0 0 2 1

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO

Shields 4 3 0 0 2 2

Farnsworth BS,1-1 1 2 1 0 0 0

C.Ramos 1 0 0 0 0 0

Augenstein 1 0 0 0 1 0

M.Bush 2 0 0 0 1 2

A.Suarez L,0-2 1 3 1 1 0 1

A5,031 (6,823).

Tampa Bay Rays: More than 20 players to join Joe Maddon in shaving heads for pediatric cancer benefit; the good-looking will still be good-looking when bald 03/12/12 [Last modified: Monday, March 12, 2012 11:26pm]
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