Buehrle's four-hitter propels Jays to win in Tampa

Back in July of 2009, Mark Buehrle twirled a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Last night he made do with blanking the Rays on four hits over 8.2 innings. The veteran left-hander came within a whisker of a complete-game shutout but third baseman Brett Lawrie couldn’t squeeze a bullet line drive from Ben Zobrist that was ruled a hit. Coupled with a pair of solo shots by...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Rotters and Sleepers — Left Field

Fantasy outfielders are a dime a dozen. Of course, such a statement involves a lot of different perspectives on how to build a good fantasy baseball team. One could build from a position of strength and load up on fantasy studs. On the other hand, the advanced use of platoons has caused some fantasy owners to treat their teams in the same fashion. A quick look at the rotters and...
Via The Fantasy Fix
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays spring training review and season lookahead

Little change, few major losses, no problem. Spring training can be a tricky beast, but for the Tampa Bay Rays, life looks good as the calendar prepares to flip from March to April. Left-hander David Price was welcomed back. So was first baseman James Loney. Evan Longoria, Wil Myers, Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar continued to roam the clubhouse. "Continuity" was the spring...
Via Fox Sports Florida
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays lineup breakdown

The core is preserved, and the core is strong. "Optimism" is the buzzword within the Tampa Bay Rays these days. The reason why is found in the return of so many key faces, from first baseman James Loney to third baseman Evan Longoria to shortstop Yunel Escobar to second baseman Ben Zobrist and more. The good feelings are many. The good feelings are justified. Turnover is...
Via Fox Sports Florida
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Voting Day 2: 2014 Battle of the ADPs!

Thanks to our friends over at, we’ve put together our second annual Battle of the ADP Bracket where 32 selected players will battle it out for the title of 2014′s Most Valuable Player. Day 1 Results 1 Daniel Murphy defeats 8 Ben Zobrist 7 Julio Teheran defeats 2 Josh Willingham 3 Adrian Gonzalez defeats 6 Freddie Freeman 5 Joey Votto defeats 4 Kole Calhoun...
Via Baseball Professor
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

VOTING IS NOW OPEN! 2nd Annual Battle of ADP Bracket

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here! Why wait until Thursday for March Madness to start when you can start it two days early? Thanks to our friends over at, we’ve put together our second annual Battle of the ADP Bracket where 32 selected players will battle it out for the title of 2014′s Most Value Player. THE VOTING IS NOW OPEN! To vote, just...
Via Baseball Professor
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist propels Rays in win over Pirates; Myers leaves in third

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Wil Myers left the game in the third inning with a bruised right quadriceps, and Ben Zobrist doubled, scored a run and drove in a run as a Tampa Bay Rays split squad beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Saturday. Myers, last year's AL Rookie of the Year, fouled a ball off his leg and bent over a few times. "As soon as it happened, the initial pain kind of...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeremy Moore hits 3rd spring home run as Rays edge Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the Toronto Blue Jays' 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. Ben Zobrist returned to the Rays lineup at designated hitter after missing three games with a stiff neck. He was 0 for 2 with a walk and two strikeouts. Rays starter Nathan Karns, who is a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked one,...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays scratch Ben Zobrist and David DeJesus due to injury

The Tampa Bay Rays won 92 games last year and made it to the ALDS before losing in four games.  After a positive season, the Rays are looking to build upon that. In order to do so, they need production out of their lineup that was 11th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 12th in batting average, relatively in the middle of the pack. Two of the players the Rays are counting on...
Via MLB Injury News
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Return of Ben Zobrist a positive note for Rays' spring

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- At one point during infield drills, Joe Maddon knew Ben Zobrist would be fine. The Tampa Bay Rays' manager was carrying about his pregame routine Monday morning at Charlotte Sports Park when his second baseman's athleticism caught his eye. Zobrist was warming up as part of a five-man workout, testing his mobility after being held out of his team'...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays' Ben Zobrist has tight back, David Price is fine

It is a good news-bad news situation for the Tampa Bay Rays regarding two players who have missed their most recently-scheduled workouts. First, the bad news, which may turn out not so bad. Second baseman Ben Zobrist missed his infield drills on Thursday because of back tightness. This announcement came from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.Zobrist not on field for #Rays pop up...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Zobrist shares growing optimism

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 all the way, and not just the goods, but the attitude. “This year I feel like...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays have great expectations as spring training begins

Yes, another spring is here, a time for new beginnings and familiar goals. For the Tampa Bay Rays, October dreams in February are old routine. David Price is back. Grant Balfour is here (again). Wil Myers has returned, as well as an infield -- Evan Longoria, Yunel Escobar, Ben Zobrist and James Loney -- in which each member was recognized as an American League Gold Glove Award finalist...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Profile #68: Ben Zobrist | 2B/SS/OF | TB

Ever since Ben Zobrist broke out with 27 HR and 17 SB in 2009, he’s been a valuable fantasy contributor. He’s also been one of my favorite targets every year, providing a stat line suited perfectly to H2H leagues (my league of choice). Though his batting average is never pretty, his HR and RBI are always good, and he’s had two 90/90 (R/RBI) seasons batting at the heart of Tampa...
Via Baseball Professor
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Countdown to Cooperstown: Ben Zobrist

Can you imagine the outrage if Ben Zobrist was elected to the Hall of Fame? The riots that would break out in the friendly hamlet of Cooperstown, New York? Thousands of fans would storm the town, raiding the quaint baseball souvenir shops, demanding justice. Sportswriters would call for boycotts and fill their column space with hundreds of one sentence paragraphs. It would...
Via Hall of Very Good
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: Add Zobrist to the Fold?

David asks: The Rays are looking for a first baseman. Do you think they could consider trading Ben Zobrist, who would be a real upgrade, for a package like Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and a pitching prospect? I’m not sure how this makes sense right now, David. Sure, Zobrist is better than Murphy, but the Mets’ needs are deeper at other areas. Second base is low on the list of priorities...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

If Only The Mets Could Trade For Ben Zobrist

The Mets are looking for a shortstop.  The names that constantly pop up as potential free agent acquisitions at the position are Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Drew.  But Peralta is asking for a minimum of four years and $52 million and is supposedly getting attention from teams willing to give him that type of deal.  Stephen Drew could be had for less money and years, but he has...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays’ Myers not afraid to succeed

You saw them together in the dugout in New York or Baltimore or Texas, chatting quietly for 15 minutes or so before the beginning of batting practice. Wil Myers, the hotshot rookie, and Ben Zobrist, the level-headed veteran, talking about their faith, family, baseball, life in the big leagues, where to eat after the game, anything. It was Myers who, not long after his much-anticipated...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays re-sign three members of 2013 squad

The Tampa Bay Rays started off their offseason by re-signing three of the players that contributed to their playoff run this year.  The Rays exercised their options for starting second baseman Ben Zobrist, as well as starting shortstop Yunel Escobar.  Zobrist will be making $7.25 million and Escobar will be making $5 million for the 2013 season. David DeJesus and Yunel Escobar...
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays rumors: Rays pick up options on Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

The Tampa Bay Rays will have the same double-play combination in 2014 that they had in 2013.’s Bill Chastain reports that the Rays have exercised the 2014 club option years for both second baseman Ben Zobrist ($7.25 million) and shortstop Yunel Escobar ($5 million). Chastain describes the decisions as “clear cut.” Both players have remained very healthy throughout their...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays exercise 2014 options on Zobrist, Escobar

The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised options on All-Star Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. Zobrist hit .275 while starting games at four different positions and leading AL second basemen in fielding percentage this year. He will earn $7 million in 2014, and the Rays hold a $7.5 million option on him for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout. Escobar will get $5 million after playing...
Via AP on Fox
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays pick up options on Yunel Escobar, Ben Zobrist

Club options were exercised on shortstop Yunel Escobar and infielderoutfielder Ben Zobrist, the Tampa Bay Rays announced Saturday. The decisions were considered to be among the most simple the Rays face this offseason. Escobar will make 5 million next year and Zobrist 7 million. Escobar, 31, played in a career-high 153 games last season and led all major-league shortstops with...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox’ Relentless Offense Delivers Knockout Blow in Game 1 After Major Miscue Backs Rays Into Corner

BOSTON — The Rays gave the Red Sox an inch. Boston took a mile. The Red Sox found themselves in a 2-0 hole Friday after Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist smacked a pair of solo homers off Jon Lester. A strange play in the fourth inning opened the door for the Red Sox’ offense, though, and Boston kept its foot on the gas en route to a 12-2 blowout victory in Game 1 of the ALDS. Matt...
October 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays remain atop Wild Card race after series with Rangers

After losing 8-2 to the Texas Rangers and splitting their four game series, the Tampa Bay Rays still lead the American League Wild Card race.  The Rays and the Rangers share a record of 83-69, with four teams still chasing their spots.  Terry Francona’s Indians appear to be the stiffest competition for the spot, with just a half game standing between them and the playoffs. ...
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist homers twice, but Rays' losing streak hits 6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Leadoff hitter Brad Miller homered twice to help the Seattle Mariners send the Tampa Bay Rays to their sixth straight loss with a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night. Miller has four home runs this season, which have come in a pair of two-homer games. He connected for his first two big league homers on July 19 at Houston. Tampa Bay also got two homers from...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

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