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Tampa Bay Rays: Outfielder also a musician; Evan Longoria's commercial

Charitable move of the day

The Rays today start selling "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirts, for their head-shaving for charity, for $15.99. Proceeds go to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children's Hospital. Buy shirts at Tropicana Field, Charlotte Sports Park, Tampa team store, All Children's (501 6th Ave. S, St. Petersburg) and Moffitt (12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa)

Rays vs. Jays

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte

Radio: 620-AM

Tickets: Reserved seats $19-$27, berm/boardwalk $9. Available through rays, Ticketmaster, Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park box offices, and Tampa team store

Gates open: 4:30 p.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 on the left.

Parking: $10; lots open at 4

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

Pitchers: Rays — David Price, Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta; Jays — Brett Cecil, Drew Hutchison, Rick VandenHurk.


David Price, in line to be No. 2 in the rotation behind James Shields, makes his fourth start of the spring.

On deck

Saturday: at Twins, 3:05 p.m. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson; Twins — Jason Marquis

Sunday: vs. Marlins, 1:05 p.m. Rays — Wade Davis; Marlins — TBA

Monday: at Twins, 1:05 p.m. Rays — Jeff Niemann; Twins — Liam Hendriks

Upcoming schedule

All games 1:05 unless noted


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 Ray?

He was a 16th-round draft pick in 2000. He is cousins with Marlins OF Aaron Rowand. He is the second-longest-tenured Ray.

Who is this answer: RHP James Shields

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Hitmaker of the day

Among the minor-leaguers who joined the roster Thursday, only OF Emeel Salem, right, also is listed on iTunes. Salem, 27, has a four-song EP of his music ($3.96), a fusion of blues and pop, and hopes to hit it big in music and baseball: "I don't want to be the guy who does both. I'd like to be somebody able to do two different, separate things."

TV spot of the day

3B Evan Longoria is among several major-leaguers featured in a Major League Baseball opening day TV spot airing on ESPN and MLB Network. He says he will "make his glove golden." See the video at

Tampa Bay Rays: Outfielder also a musician; Evan Longoria's commercial 03/22/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:52pm]
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