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Rays shave heads for Pediatric Cancer Foundation

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirts were the order of the day on Friday at the Charlotte Sports Park.

Sixty-five Rays players, coaches and staff, including manager Joe Maddon and principal owner Stuart Sternberg, convened on the deck above right field to have their heads shaved to pay tribute to children fighting cancer.

Friday's exercise was the second consecutive year the Rays have held such an event.

"Anything we can do to help," Maddon said.

Maddon addressed the preparation for getting buzzed and the benefits.

"I try to grow my hair as long as I possibly can then just let it rip," Maddon said. "When I was a kid we used to get crew cuts all the time. Last year I kind of liked it. You just towel down after the day. You go inside, shower up, towel down, you're ready to go -- same thing in the morning."

Just like in 2012, the Rays had a large contingent participating in the event Friday. And just like last year, the buzzing began at the top with Sternberg, whose scalp felt the clippers.

"It was good luck last year," said Sternberg referring to the way the Rays played. "We'll take our 90 wins and then some."

Sternberg smiled.

"It's a good team-building exercise and for an incredible cause," Sternberg said. "... There's no better cause. These kids going through what they're going through, if we can do anything to help it's worthwhile."

After he left Friday's 3-1 loss in the middle of the sixth, Phillies third baseman Michael Young also had his hair buzzed. Later he said he did it as a tribute to the kids. . .and also because he got used to playing with short hair because of the summer heat in Texas while he was with the Rangers.

For his effort he got personal satisfaction -- and also a "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirt.

All proceeds from Friday's event will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF). To show support for a player or participant, the public is encouraged to text "Cut" to 50555 to make a $10 donation or visit pcfcutforacure.org.

The Rays wore the "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirts during batting practice before Friday's game. T-shirts are now available for purchase at the Rays stores at Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park, the Rays Tampa Store at 400 N. Tampa St., Pediatric Cancer Foundation, All Children's Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center.

The shirts sell for $15.99 with all proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children's Hospital.

The T-shirts are also available at the following locations:

All Children's Hospital 501 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 727-767-8592

Moffitt Cancer Center 12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa 1-888-MOFFITT

Pediatric Cancer Foundation 5550 West Executive Drive, Suite 300, Tampa

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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