• Right-handers Alex Cobb, Grant Balfour and Joel Peralta all threw in a Minor League game at Charlotte Sports Park on Wednesday rather than travel with the team to Dunedin. In addition, Jeremy Hellickson played catch on Wednesday rather than Thursday as he told reporters he would. It was the first time Hellickson threw a ball since having January surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow.
• The Rays entered Wednesday's action leading the Major Leagues in attendance for road Spring Training games at 8,838. The D-backs, another team training in their home state, rank second at 7,912.
• On Sunday, before Tampa Bay hosts the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET at Charlotte Sports Park, the Rays will once again shave their heads to raise funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. It will be the third straight year the team has participated. For more information, visit pcfcutforacure.org. Fortune Favors the Bald T-shirts are now available for $15.99 in the Charlotte Sports Park team store as well as the Tampa Store. All proceeds benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
• Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will attend the Rays-Pirates game at Charlotte Sports Park on Thursday to sign his new book, "Squeeze Play," a middle-grade novel that is the fourth installment in the "Cal Ripken Jr.'s All-Stars" series. The signing will begin shortly after gates open at 11 a.m. ET.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.