Ben Zobrist RUMORS & NEWS

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays Zobrist scratched from lineup due to stiff neck, team says

  • Zobrist shares growing optimism

    Tampa Tribune "2B Ben Zobrist reported to Rays camp Tuesday with the same positive outlook on this season as those who reported earlier in the week. “I feel stronger about this club than probably any other club that I’ve seen in Tampa Bay,” Zobrist said. “I feel that this club has the goods to be able to go..." February 19

  • Compiling this season's all-underrated team

    MLB.com "There was a time -- and it was not that long ago -- when Shin-Soo Choo was routinely labeled "underrated." A Sports Illustrated player poll in 2011 dubbed him the most underrated player in baseball. Opposing managers would routinely use the U-word when sizing up Choo's skills. When the Reds..." January 24

  • Rays pick up 2014 club options for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar

    CBSSports.com "As expected, the Rays have picked up their 2014 club options for second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. They will earn $7 million and $5 million next season, respectively. Zobrist, 32, hit .275/.354/.402 (113 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases while seeing..." November 02

  • Zobrist RBI gives Rays 4-3 win over Twins in 13th

    Tampa Tribune "Good things come to those who wait. In the bottom of the 13th inning at the stroke of midnight and after nearly five hours of baseball and record-setting pitching, Tampa Bay Rays' All-Star second baseman Ben Zobrist hit a two-out walk-off RBI single to score Yunel Escobar, giving the Rays a 4-3..." July 11

  • Rays' Zobrist out due to grandmother's death

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist left the team and returned to Illinois because of the death of his grandmother. He is not expected to rejoin the team until Tuesday. With Yunel Escobar out at least three days with a bruised left hand suffered in Saturday's game, the Rays will be shorthanded on the bench for..." May 06

  • Zobrist tying it all together for Rays

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist can play second base and right field and shortstop. He can play left and center fields, too. He can play first base in a pinch and third base in a real pinch. Zobrist can bat high in the order or in the middle of the order. He can hit ahead of Evan Longoria or behind him, give..." April 13

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Zobrist to play in World Baseball Classic

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist is the lone Tampa Bay Ray named to the Team USA roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. David Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award-winner, was not among the four starting pitchers selected on Thursday, though Team USA manager Joe Torre said he would add a fifth..." January 17

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist leaves game with back spasms

    Tampa Bay Times "They were the hugs heard around the Twitter-verse. Except — sorry to ruin a good tweet or two — they never happened. When 2B Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game after the third inning, there was a post on Twitter, which spread rapidly, that he was hugging teammates as he left the dugout, a sign..." August 06

  • Ben Zobrist a late scratch tonight with a bruised hand

    Tampa Bay Times "Manager Joe Maddon has tweaked his lineup for tonight's interleague series opener against the Mets. Second baseman Ben Zobrist (hand) is out; Will "Batman" Rhymes will spell him in the order and play third, with Sean Rodriguez going to second. Zobrist has experienced soreness since taking a..." June 12

  • Who Is The Real Ben Zobrist?

    D-Rays Bay "Since the beginning of the 2009 season Ben Zobrist has put up some numbers that put him in elite company in the American League With the exception of a rather poor 2010 season Zobrist has delivered for the Rays posting a wRC+ of 125 in 2008, 153 in 2009, 103 in 2010, and 131 in 2011. He..." June 08

  • Rays' Ben Zobrist likely to miss at least one more game with minor neck injury

    Tampa Bay Times "Ben Zobrist wasn't in the lineup Saturday and could be out again today due to a nagging neck injury, but it isn't considered serious. Zobrist said his neck stiffened up the past few days, likely due to overswinging, leading to him getting pinch-hit for in the ninth inning of Friday's 3-2 loss..." September 04

  • Zobrist makes young fan's day

    Tampa Tribune "Parker Lentini has been a Ben Zobrist fan from the moment Zobrist joined the Rays in 2006, so when the Make-A-Wish Foundation worked it out for Lentini to spend a day with a Ray, the 12-year-old from Carrollwood naturally picked Zobrist. "Everybody thought he was just going to go down to the..." September 04

  • Rays notes: Zobrist providing double trouble

    Tampa Tribune "Ben Zobrist doubled in each of his final two at-bats during the Tampa Bay Rays' 4-0 win over Boston on Wednesday to raise his total of two-base hits this season to a major league-leading 40. His previous career-best was 28, which he did in both 2009 and 2010. "I really don't have any..." August 18

  • Numbers make case for Ben Zobrist as Tampa Bay Rays' MVP

    Tampa Bay Times "As of right now, who do you think has been the Rays' MVP? My guess is, the vast majority of Rays fans would answer James Shields or Casey Kotchman. Both are having exceptional, career years; Shields has posted a 2.80 ERA and thrown eight complete games, and Kotchman is making a run at the..." August 14

  • Zobrist rediscovering his comfort zone

    Tampa Tribune "The doubles and home runs, the run-scoring hits in big moments. Do they look familiar? They should. Tampa Bay Rays second baseman/right fielder Ben Zobrist looks an awful lot like the super utility Ben Zobrist who enjoyed a breakout season in 2009 and earned a spot in that summer's All-Star..." August 02

  • Zobrist leads Rays to 11-inning win

    Tampa Tribune "They could have wilted in the steamy night air. They could have given into the demands of this long road trip and the fatigue that has set in by now after crossing the country twice. They could have packed it in after the Orioles rallied for the lead once against David Price, then took the lead..." June 12

  • Zobrist earns AL Player of the Week award

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays have put a chokehold on the AL Player of the Week award. UTL Ben Zobrist became the third Tampa Bay player to win it in three weeks Monday, following RHP James Shields and DH Johnny Damon, who shared the honor with Angels RHP Dan Haren. Zobrist hit .440 (11-for-25) with two home..." May 03

  • Zobrist's breakthrough is a great sign for Rays

    Tampa Tribune "It seems the Rays have a different hero every game, but that's how it is when things are going well. They get hits. They get great pitching. They get a wild pitch from the other team when they need one. That's what happened Saturday afternoon at the Trop. Los Angeles reliever Fernando Rodney..." May 01

  • Rays considering using Ben Zobrist as leadoff hitter

    Tampa Bay Times "John Jaso might not be at the top of the Rays lineup after all. Ben Zobrist batted leadoff Saturday for a third straight start, and the Rays are giving serious thought to using him there during the season, at least against right-handers. Zobrist, a switch-hitter, has the most walks and the..." March 13

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist working to get comfortable at first base, just in case

    Tampa Bay Times "First base isn't versatile Ben Zobrist's first choice for a position. But he reported to camp Saturday saying he is willing to make it his first priority this spring to get more comfortable in case he's used there. "I definitely need that experience," Zobrist said. "At the end of the year when..." February 20

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