BEN ZOBRIST NEWS

Keep Murphy As Super Utility Player?

Wait, what? That’s exactly what Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests the Mets do with Daniel Murphy next season. The Mets should pay Murphy roughly $8 million to be a utility man next year, or really a super-utility man. Their defenseless version of Ben Zobrist. His reasoning is that a team that already struggles on offense and plans to contend next season, should not be...
Via Mets Merized Online
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Matt Joyce's RBI single in 10th lifts Rays past Red Sox

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joyce's RBI single in 10th lifts Rays past Red Sox

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) Matt Joyce had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Monday. Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt....
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays notes: Is infield chemistry different this season?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sloppy defensive play has become a concerning trend for the Tampa Bay Rays, with errors produced in six consecutive games before Saturday, their longest streak since May 18-25, 2012. Finding a definitive reason for the mishaps is elusive. Nine errors were committed in the span. Yunel Escobar produced three of Tampa Bay's four errors in losses to the Baltimore...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB All-Underrated team

  Tampa Bay Rays Ben Zobrist – Photo Credit – Keith Allison What is the definition of an underrated player? Is it a player that is good but your typical casual fan will not know about him? Is it a player that plays on a small market team so you do not see alot of him on national television? Could be a player that plays on a good team loaded with talent so he flies under the...
Via Hot Stove MLB
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria drives in winning run as Rays top Blue Jays in 10

TORONTO (AP) -- Evan Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Sunday. Facing Sergio Santos (0-3), who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day, Ben Zobrist walked to begin the 10th and went to third on Logan Forsythe's ground-rule double. Longoria followed with a groundball single to left...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Longoria gets winning hit, Rays beat Blue Jays 2-1

TORONTO (AP) Evan Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Sunday. Facing Sergio Santos (0-3), who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day, Ben Zobrist walked to begin the 10th and went to third on Logan Forsythe's ground-rule double. Longoria followed with a groundball single to left, scoring...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Ben Zobrist makes great leaping catch at the wall

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Via Fox Sports Florida
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Breakout Players — Second Basemen

Every position goes through ebs and flows just like pitchers and hitters do in general. Second base is going through a down period at the moment. Most of the big time stars from the previous decade are either out of the game or are no longer elite players. Robinson Cano is the last big name we will see among the top six guys. Guys like Brian Roberts, Dustin Pedroia, and Ben Zobrist...
Via The Fantasy Fix
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees game 122: Kuroda great, offense good in series win

New York Yankees 4 – Tampa Bay Rays 2 Hiroki Kuroda starts for the Yankees and the first inning would continue to haunt the righty. After getting the first out, Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce would hit a pair of singles to put runners on the corners. A ground out to second baseman Martin Prado would score the first run of the game. On the other side, Rays Jeremy Hellickson would be...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Reaching .500 just another stepping stone as Rays continue climb from depths

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Reliever Joel Peralta slapped catcher Curt Casali's hand near home plate. It was one of the first visible signs that the Tampa Bay Rays, left for dead for so long, were a .500 team once more -- a far cry from where they thought they would be in those idealistic spring training days but a remarkable feat given the winding-and-wretched path they have traveled...
Via Fox Sports Florida
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees game 120: Offense held silent behind strong McCarthy start

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images New York Yankees 0 – Tampa Bay Rays 5 The struggles of the offense for the 2014 season continues tonight. Brandon McCarthy was greeted with a pair of hits, starting with Desmond Jennings single to right field. Ben Zobrist would add a single of his own to put runners on the corners. A walk would put McCarthy in hot water right away, loading the bases with...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
18 days ago  |  Discuss

August Trade Candidates: Tampa Bay Rays Ben Zobrist

After months of speculation, the Tampa Bay Rays finally traded David Price just hours before the July 31 deadline, sending him to the Detroit Tigers in a three-way deal that netted them Wily Adames, Nick Franklin and Drew Smyly. Since the trade, their already slim playoff chances have dipped below five percent. More trades could be on the way for the Rays. One player that could be...
Via Baseball News Source
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, Aug 6

Yesterday my pitching gambles paid off (Lance Lynn and Danny Duffy) and my offense featured five players with 10+ points. I didn’t get much out of Ben Zobrist or Jose Abreu (surprisingly), which means my team was help somewhat in check — 123.60 points, a small cash in the daily moonshot, and victories in all of my double-ups. But hey, if that’s “in check” then we’re doing...
Via Baseball Professor
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Longoria, Rays smash through Angels

ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer, Ben Zobrist got four hits and the Tampa Bay Rays roughed up C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels 10-3 Saturday night. Longoria put the Rays up 2-0 with his 13th homer of the season, connecting in the first off Wilson (8-7). Longoria became the first Tampa Bay player to reach 600 career RBIs. Brandon Guyer hit a two...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Fake trade report didn't concern Rays' Ben Zobrist

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For a moment, Tampa Bay Rays utility man Ben Zobrist was caught up in the craziness of a trade deadline day that will be recalled for a long time. Late Thursday afternoon, as news of left-hander David Price's trade to the Detroit Tigers broke, a fake Twitter account posing as USA Today writer Bob Nightengale posted "news" that Zobrist had been...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays beat Brewers again, now game shy of .500

The Rays are playing for a lot these days, not just to continue their improbable climb back to .500 and into playoff contention but potentially to keep ace David Price and others from being traded. And they are playing like it, battling from behind for a second straight night to beat the NL Central-leading Brewers 5-1 Tuesday. "It's kind of funny; we've been playing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers batters continue to struggle versus Tampa Bay

The Brewers are in a severe offensive funk and aren't winning because of it. For the third straight game, Milwaukee wasted a strong performance from its starting pitcher by providing little offensive support. A four-run eighth inning was enough for the Tampa Bay Rays to send the Brewers to a 5-1 loss at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night. Just like Jimmy Nelson on Sunday and Kyle...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Cobb's strikeouts lead Rays over Brewers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Cobb struck out 12 in eight innings and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs Tuesday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the Rays' 11th win in 12 games. Zobrist hit his ninth home run in the sixth inning for the only run off Milwaukee starter Matt Garza. Zobrist's double in the eighth off reliever...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist, Alex Cobb keep Rays rolling past Brewers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Cobb struck out 12 in eight innings and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs Tuesday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the Rays' 11th win in 12 games. Zobrist hit his ninth home run in the sixth inning for the only run off Milwaukee starter Matt Garza. Zobrist's double in the eighth off reliever...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Value: Is Ben Zobrist on the move?

The second wild card has thrown a monkey wrench into the whole trade deadline process. It’s even caused some people to propose pushing the non-waiver deadline back into August. The problem is that too many teams think they are still in the hunt when the deadline comes this Thursday. The Rays are one of those teams caught in no man’s land. They have tradeable pieces in David Price...
Via The Fantasy Fix
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Rumors: San Francisco's interest in Rays' Ben Zobrist may be intensifying

The San Francisco Giants took a low-risk investment in Dan Uggla when they signed him to a minor-league deal. Days after signing, he was called up, and was immediately thrown into the action. In three games with the team, he has gone 0-8 and has struck out four times and committed three errors.Uggla's struggles combined with Marco Scutaro and Ehire Adrianza's injuries are...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers at Tampa Bay Rays series primer

Another series win? Check. More ground made up in the race for the second American League wild-card spot? Check. Living life on the edge? Check. Catch your breath. The Tampa Bay Rays' winning streak is over at nine games, after a 3-2 defeat to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Tropicana Field. Loss No. 54 was inevitable, of course, but there was plenty to draw from in the Rays...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist homers to help Rays beat Red Sox for 9th straight win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ben Zobrist homered, Matt Joyce and Kevin Kiermaier each had an RBI single, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the skidding Boston Red Sox 3-0 Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory. The stretch is the second-longest in team history, three short of a 12-game winning streak in June 2004. John Lackey (11-7) came up short in his first attempt to earn...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Making Some Noise

Prior to the 2008 season, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were the laughing stock of baseball. When 2008 rolled around, the team changed their name to the Rays, which resulted in the emergence of an almost new organization. Ever since then, the team that plays their home games in St. Petersburg, Florida has been one of the most consistent teams in the league. Players like Evan Longoria...
Via Total Sports Live
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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