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Kansas City Royals down the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2

Jason Vargas hurled eight-plus strong innings as the Kansas City Royals downed the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set.

MLB: Tampa Bay 8, Boston 4

James Loney went 3-for-4 with four RBI as the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Boston Red Sox, 8-4, in Grapefruit League play.

MLB: Boston 12, Tampa Bay 2

BOSTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Boston's Jon Lester allowed three hits and every Red Sox batter had at least one hit Friday in a 12-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of an ALDS.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- James Loney socked a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth Monday and Tampa Bay completed a four-game sweep of Baltimore with a 5-4 triumph.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4 (18 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- David DeJesus lined an RBI single to right-center with one out in the 18th inning early Saturday, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Los Angeles Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Matt Moore returned to the Tampa Bay rotation Tuesday and pitched the reeling Rays to a welcome 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 11, Tampa Bay 2

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Erick Aybar led a 16-hit Angels assault with a homer and four RBI Monday, powering Los Angeles to an 11-2 pasting of slumping Tampa Bay.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Los Angeles Angels 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Chris Archer gave up a lone run over seven innings Wednesday to help carry Tampa Bay to a 4-1 decision over the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, New York Yankees 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria drove in the go-ahead run during a sixth-inning rally and added a homer Saturday, carrying the Tampa Bay Rays past the New York Yankees 4-2.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, New York Yankees 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Jose Lobaton ignited a Tampa Bay power display with a three-run blast in the second Friday and the Rays went on to cool off the New York Yankees 7-2.

MLB: Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Adam Lind ripped two solo homers Saturday, helping the Toronto Blue Jays cool off Tampa Bay 6-2.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Seattle 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Jason Bourgeois drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning Wednesday, rallying Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over Seattle.

MLB: Seattle 5, Tampa Bay 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Dustin Ackley's run-scoring triple in the sixth inning provided the difference Tuesday and Seattle handed slumping Tampa Bay a sixth straight loss, 5-4.

MLB: Tampa Bay 2, San Francisco 1 (10 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Wil Myers singled home Desmond Jennings with the winning run in the 10th inning Saturday, lifting Tampa Bay to a 2-1 interleague win over San Francisco.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Arizona 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- Roberto Hernandez allowed two runs in a complete-game effort Tuesday, staking the first-place Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 interleague win over Arizona.
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Benjamin Thomas "Ben" Zobrist (born May 26, 1981) is an American baseball player currently with Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. A switch-hitter who throws right-handed, he has exhibited a versatility to play most positions with the exception of pitcher and catcher. He has been the Rays' starting second baseman since 2009. Besides Zo, Zobi Wan Kenobi, Zoby and Benny-Zo, he is also known by the nickname Zorilla, given to him by Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Zobrist grew up in Eureka, Illinois, raised by his parents Tom and Cindi. He loved playing baseball since he was eight, so much so that he and his friends built their own wiffle ball field behind his house. After no pro scouts or college recruiters looked at him when he graduated, he thought baseball was over for him. "Baseball was not even a thought in my mind," Zobrist said, "When I was done with my last high school game, I was driving around town just thinking I'm done with baseball the rest of my life." Despite this, Zobrist's high school coach encouraged him to go the annual event that showcased seniors in Peoria, Illinois each summer. He played in the showcase, and was given an offer by Olivet Nazarene University. In his time at Olivet, he pitched and also played at shortstop and second. He transferred to Dallas Baptist University for his senior year, where he played shortstop.

Zobrist played in Wausau, WI in the Summer Collegiate Northwoods League in 2003. He was voted team MVP & led his team to the League Championship.

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