PORT CHARLOTTE (620 WDAE) -- The Tampa Bay Rays will look for another Grapefruit League win Sunday, as the Philadelphia Phillies come to Charlotte Sports Park. Justin Marks will get the start, taking on Jerad Eickhoff. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05, with coverage on WDAE starting at 12:30 with Countdown to Opening Day.
Rays Starting Lineup
Phillies Starting Lineup
HEADS WILL BE SHAVED FOR CUT FOR A CURE: The team will be participating once again in the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's "Cut For A Cure."
"It's a special day," manager Kevin Cash said. "I know Longo has a unique connection with that family and it's something that's become a Rays tradition."
Last year, 50 players, coaches, staff and fans shaved their heads to raise more than $15,000 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The Rays skipper, who shaved his head last season, said he'll donate but not shave this year.
"I'm starting to get thin up here. I've got to be careful," Cash joked. "It's good support from the players, from the staff. It seems like everybody gets involved. It's a fun charitable event that we're glad to be a part of."
This year, fans can participate with a minimum $25 donation and receive a special "Cut For A Cure" hat from New Era.
ARCHER WILL NOT REJOIN TEAM USA: Many baseball people thought that if Team USA advanced to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic (which it did thanks to Saturday night's 6-3 win over Dominican Republic), that pitcher Chris Archer would be on a plane to Los Angeles to pitch in either the semi-final or championship game. However, after preparing for a Sunday flight to Dodger Stadium, plans changed for the Rays starter.
I received a message this morning that I am no longer needed to pitch in the final round of the WBC. I will not be leaving camp as I thought— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) March 19, 2017
I had an amazing time representing our country wish I could take the ball one more time but it's out of my control. We're in good hands tho!— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) March 19, 2017