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18 Ben Zobrist 2B
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 5/26/1981 | Birthplace: Eureka, IL | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Dallas Baptist | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $5,687,300 | Owned/Started%: 98/93 | Average Draft Position: 79.14
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Ben Zobrist cranks out four hits in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist cranked out four hits in his team's loss to the Angels on Saturday.

Zobrist reached on a bunt single in the second, singled in the fourth, reached on an infield single in the sixth and doubled in a run in the eighth. He finished 4 for 5 with a run scored, a stolen base and an RBI in a 10-3 defeat. He owns a .280/.366/.429 slash line with nine homers and 32 RBI in 368 at-bats.

Ben Zobrist homers, doubles in two runs


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist played a big part in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Brewers.

Zobrist went 2 for 4 in the win, and drove in the first two runs for the Rays in the win. He brought the first around on a sixth-inning solo home run, and then drove in another with a double in the eighth.

Zobrist is hitting .271/.361/.421 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 93 at-bats. 


Ben Zobrist slugs eighth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 3-0 win over the Red Sox Saturday.

Fresh off a 4-for-4 performance against the Red Sox Friday, Zobrist slugged his second home run of the month in the seventh inning of Saturday's win. He has hit .267/.354/.409 with eight home runs, 29 RBI and five stolen bases in 345 at-bats.


Ben Zobrist belts seventh home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist belted his seventh home run Friday against the Twins.

In the fifth inning, Zobrist worked a five-pitch at-bat against Kyle Gibson. On the final pitch, Zobrist hit a 93 mph fastball out to right for the two-run shot. He finished 1 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. He also walked twice during the game. 


Report: Mariners talking to Rays about David Price, Ben Zobrist


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) The Mariners are having ongoing trade talks with the Rays about starting pitcher David Price and outfielder/infielder Ben Zobrist, sources told FOX Sports. However, no deal is imminent.

Giants could have interest in Ben Zobrist


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Giants could have interest in trading for Rays infielder Ben Zobrist, MLB.com reports.

The team has also been mentioned as a potential suitor Rays pitcher David Price, but the Giants have had scouts at Tropicana Field even when Price hasn't pitched. The Rays are believed to have scouted the Giants' Double-A affiliate. Zobrist would give the Giants an insurance plan at second base while also providing help in the outfield.


Ben Zobrist cranks out four hits in win over Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Rays shortstop Ben Zobrist was one of two Tampa Bay players to register four hits in Sunday's 7-3 win over Detroit.

Zobrist singled in a run in the opening frame, and also added singles in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings, respectively. He finished 4 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI. He is hitting .264 with six homers and 21 RBI in 299 at-bats.


Ben Zobrist batting .289 in last 12 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist collected three hits, including two doubles, and totaled one run in five at-bats Wednesday at N.Y. Yankees. It was his second three-hit game in his last four appearances.

Zobrist is batting .289 (13 for 45) with one home run, two triples, five doubles, three RBI, nine runs and 11 walks in his last 12 games.


Ben Zobrist homers in three-hit performance Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Rays shortstop Ben Zobrist went 3 for 6 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI in his team's 12-7 win over the Orioles Sunday.

Zobrist hadn't homered since June 5 before knocking a solo shot in the fifth inning. He also delivered the first run of the game with his first-inning double but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Zobrist has hit .254/.334/.298 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 269 at-bats.


Ben Zobrist records first RBI in 12 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist had an RBI triple in the first inning during Wednesday's 5-1 win against the Pirates. It was his second triple this season.

Zobrist finished 2 for 3 with one walk and two runs. Zobrist entered play Wednesday mired in a 3-for-29 slump in his previous nine games. He had his first RBI in 12 games during the win as well.


Report: Rays could be 'open for business'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Rays are rumored to be "open for business" at the trade deadline, according to ESPN.

The club currently sits at 31-48, and are expected to sell of valuable pieces for future talent. David Price is considered the biggest prize, but Ben Zobrist may also be a useful asset. Both players are under contract next season. Price has one more year of arbitration, while Zobrist's deal contains a club option for 2015. 

Lesser players will also likely be available, though Zobrist and Price would be the biggest prizes if put on the market. It's unclear how soon the team is looking to move talent. 


Ben Zobrist set to sit Friday against Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Slumping Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist is catching a break Friday against Houston. He is out of the lineup as Logan Forsythe will man the position instead.

Zobrist has just four hits in his last 23 at-bats and has been hitless in five of his last seven games.


Ben Zobrist notches three hits Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist notched three hits Friday against the Astros. 

Zobrist wound up just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He doubled in his first at-bat, and managed a triple his second time up. In his third at-bat, Zobrist got his single. He only had four plate appearances during the game, and flew out in his other chance. Zobrist finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.

Zobrist is hitting .256/.332/.389 over 211 at-bats.


Ben Zobrist clubs fourth home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist clubbed his fourth home run Wednesday against the Marlins.

Zobrist wasted no time getting to work. After a leadoff walk, Zobrist took a 92 mph fastball out to right for a two-run shot in the first inning. He would also single during the contest. Zobrist finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI.

He's hitting .251/.333/.363 over 179 at-bats.


Ben Zobrist back with Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) The Rays have activated second baseman Ben Zobrist off the disabled list and placed him in their Friday lineup in Boston. Zobrist spent the minimum time on the disabled list with a thumb injury.

He hopes to pick up his power production upon his return. He has just three home runs and nine RBI in 154 at-bats. Zobrist has had at least 71 RBI in each of the past five seasons.


Rays make room for Ben Zobrist


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) The Rays have cleared up a roster spot for infielder Ben Zobrist, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Zobrist is expected to join the club Friday, so the team decided to send his replacement, Cole Figueroa, down a day early. Zobrist has been out with a thumb injury, but has been able to get through rehab games. He was hitting .260/.352/.364 in 154 at-bats prior to the injury.


Ben Zobrist plays nine innings in rehab game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist played an entire game at second base for Class A Charlotte Wednesday, as he began what should be a brief minor-league rehab assignment.

Zobrist went 1 for 4 with a walk in the game, while playing  all nine innings in the field. He is expected to return from the disabled list Friday. 


Ben Zobrist misses rehab game Tuesday due to illness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist was scratched from his rehab assignment Tuesday for Class A Charlotte due to an illness, per the Tampa Bay Times. However, Zobrist -- who is rehabbing a thumb injury -- is expected to play Wednesday.

Ben Zobrist remains on track for Friday return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist (thumb) will face Jeremy Hellickson in live batting practice Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The plan is for Zobrist to then play for Class A Charlotte during a rehab assignment Tuesday and Wednesday before rejoining the Rays' roster Friday in Boston.


Ben Zobrist claims he'll be off DL when eligible


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist plans on returning upon his eligibility to come off the disabled list next Friday against Boston. He said he would be "surprised" if he not back at that time, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Zobrist, who has been out with a dislocated thumb, was sidelined with a stat line of .260/.352/.364 that continues a consistent slide that began after his peak seasons.


Cole Figueroa called up after Ben Zobrist placed on DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Rays placed infielder Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, with a dislocated thumb suffered during the team's previous game. Cole Figueroa was called up from Triple-A Durham to take his place on the active roster. 

Ben Zobrist decision coming Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) The Rays will decide whether Ben Zobrist will require a stint on the disabled list Thursday, according to the Tampa Tribune

Zobrist dislocated his thumb sliding into second base Wednesday, and could miss two weeks due to the injury. If the team feels he can play sooner, Zobrist would not be placed on the disabled list, and would likely miss four or five games.

Zobrist, however, seemed to suggest it might take a while before he's back. "Best-case scenario, it heals very quickly and I can get back on the field, I don’t know, maybe within a week, but that’s unlikely," Zobrist said. 

Infielder Cole Figueroa is expected to replace Zobrist if he winds up on the disabled list. Zobrist is hitting .260/.352/.364 in 154 at-bats.


DL stint likely for Ben Zobrist


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist is likely to be placed on the disabled list after dislocating his thumb in Wednesday's game against the Mariners, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Rays pulled a potential replacement from a Triple-A game in the first inning, so they may be preparing to make a transactional move that sends Zobrist to the disabled list, provided he doesn't show significant improvement Thursday.


Ben Zobrist dealing with dislocated thumb


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist was diagnosed with a dislocated thumb after being removed from Wednesday's game against the Mariners, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Zobrist had the thumb put back into place, but he said he'll miss some time while recovering. Zobrist will remain with the Rays and be reevaluated after the road trip, which ends Sunday.


Ben Zobrist exits game Wednesday with thumb issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Rays infielder Ben Zobrist was removed from Wednesday's game against the Mariners due to a thumb issue, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Zobrist appeared to suffer the injury during a slide while being caught stealing in the fifth inning. He was 1 for 3 before exiting, giving him a .260/.352/.354 line with three home runs and nine RBI in 154 at-bats.