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Hellickson pushes Rays over Athletics

Hellickson pushes Rays over Athletics

Jeremy Hellickson picked up his first win in nearly a year, pitching the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics in the finale of a three-game set on Wednesday.
Rays defeat the Pirates

Rays defeat the Pirates

David Price struck out 11 in 8 1/3 innings as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-1, Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Orioles vanquish the Rays

Scott Pearce broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the fifth and Nelson Cruz crushed his major league-leading 22nd homer of the season, as the Orioles defeated the Rays, 2-0, at Tropicana Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Tampa Bay Rays defeat Orioles 5-4

Jerry Sands smacked a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Tampa Bay falls to Marlins in 10th consecutive loss

Tampa Bay falls to Marlins in 10th consecutive loss

Marcell Ozuna collected three hits with four RBI and three runs scored, and the Miami Marlins completed a four-game home-and-home sweep of Tampa Bay .
Rays blank the Mariners in pitchers' duel

Rays blank the Mariners in pitchers' duel

Jake Odorizzi fired six innings of one-hit ball and the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Seattle Mariners, 2-0, in the finale of a three-game set.
Orioles comes out over Tampa Bay

Orioles comes out over Tampa Bay

Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer to help the Baltimore Orioles sweep a three-game series over the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-1 win on Thursday.

Baltimore Orioles beat Tampa Bay Rays 3-1

Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer to help the Baltimore Orioles sweep a three-game series over the Tampa Bay Rays with a 3-1 win on Thursday.

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.
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Ben Zobrist
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett (L) leaps over Colorado Rockies catcher Paul Phillips to complete a double play in the fourth inning during their interleague game at Coors Field in Denver on June 18, 2009. Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist backs up the play. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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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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