3/10/2013 2:30 P.M. ET
Price helping kids through 'Bowl for Kids' Sake'
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- David Price hammed it up on Sunday to help promote "Bowl for Kids' Sake."
The reigning Cy Young Award winner performed a little lawn bowling from the pitcher's mound on Field 5 with Sir. Giorgio Evans, 11, and Giani Swain, 12, of Tampa.
For the second consecutive year, Price is participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters' largest fundraiser of the year. Price is encouraging his fans to get in the game by helping raise money for the agency. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides caring adult mentors to children facing adversity in the Tampa Bay community.
Funds raised from Bowl For Kids' Sake will allow the agency to pair more children with carefully screened volunteers, as well as provide professional ongoing support for each volunteer mentor (Big) and child (Little). Fans are encouraged to collect donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters and win a chance to be a VIP at the David Price Bowling Party. The best part is the money raised will stay in the Tampa Bay community.
Last year, at the first David Price Bowl For Kids' Sake event, fans raised more than $27,000. Price hopes that number climbs higher this year.
"I'm very excited," Price said. "Something I was able to do last year. It was a very good turnout. It was good to be around all those people who support Big Brother and Sisters and support the Rays. It was a lot of fun to do it last year, a bunch of people there bowling and having a good time. Pizza. They had all the refreshments. It was fun and for a great cause. If it's helping kids, I like it."
Price feels fortunate to have come from a good family with a solid home life and plenty of friends in his neighborhood, and he has sympathy for others not as fortunate. He likes what Big Brothers Big Sisters brings to the table.
"Having [somebody from] Big Brothers Big Sisters there to just give you advice or beat you in video games, whatever it is, somebody to hang out with," Price said. "And being able to hang out with somebody older than you is always fun. It's something I definitely cherished as a kid [having older brothers in his family] and I still do, today. I was very fortunate to have two older brothers."
Here's how those wanting to participate can do so:
• Join Price's online fundraising team at www.bbbsfl.org or call Amy Hollington at 813-769-3636.
• Top 30 fundraisers (minimum of $1,000 in paid donations received by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay by March 25) will be eligible for the VIP Party
• The David Price VIP Bowling Party on March 29 is by invitation only -- details will be sent to guests, but includes four guest passes, two bowling games with shoes, food and drinks, T-shirts, goodie bags, Pin Chasers gift cards, and other gifts all month long.
• For updates and a chance to win more prizes, follow David Price on Twitter @DavidPrice14
Jennings unconcerned about mild ankle sprain
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Desmond Jennings took a what's-all-the-fuss-about stance as he stood at his locker Sunday morning and discussed his left ankle.
Jennings rolled his ankle in the third inning of Saturday's Rays-Phillies contest in Clearwater and left the game with what the Rays called a mild sprain.
"I rounded second and wasn't looking at the bag, was looking at the outfielder and the runner trying to see what my next move was going to be," Jennings said. "Just hit the inside of the bag wrong. Rolled over my ankle, no big deal."
Jennings conceded that rolling an ankle is always a scary experience, but added, "It wasn't that bad."
Jennings, 26, is projected to be the Rays' starting center fielder this season after serving as the team's left fielder in 2012.
Jennings said if the injury had occurred during the regular season he would not have left the game.
The question of whether X-rays were taken of Jennings' ankle brought laughter.
"No need for that," he said.
Jennings, who wasn't scheduled to play on Sunday anyway, said he would continue to perform his regular workouts and that he does not expect to be slowed in the least.
"Everything's normal, normal day today," Jennings said.
Manager Joe Maddon said that he would like to keep Jennings going since he's been playing well this spring.
"I'd rather get him back out sooner than later," Maddon said.
Laceration under eye holds Beckham out of workouts
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Tim Beckham will be held out of workouts for the next couple of days after suffering a laceration underneath his right eye.
The injury, which required several stitches, occurred on Friday during an infield drill on one of the back fields at the Charlotte Sports Complex.
"[The ball] hit the tip of my glove and hit me in the shades," Beckham said. "Just a freak accident. Can happen to anybody, just comes with the territory I guess. You're playing baseball. You're supposed to catch the ball with your glove, not your face."
Beckham showed reporters the glasses he was wearing that did not break. He noted that he did not suffer from blurred vision or headaches and finished by saying, "I was lucky, man."
• Luke Scott (tight left hamstring) appears to be on schedule to play on Monday. Sam Fuld (right hamstring tightness) is still projected to begin playing again by the end of the week.
• The B-Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band formed in 1980 out of New Jersey, will perform pregame on Monday at Charlotte Sports Park; the performance will be free. Willie Forte (vocals/keyboard) is a childhood friend of Rays manager Joe Maddon. Originally, the band was scheduled to play on Sunday.
• Beginning on March 19, Maddon's wife, Jaye, will begin driving her RV from Long Beach, Calif., to Tampa with the Maddons' two dogs -- Winston, an English bulldog, and Athena, a Great Dane. Jaye is collecting pledges for a penny a mile to benefit the Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg. To donate, visit PetPalAnimalShelter.com.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.