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AL Player of the Week honors go to Tampa Bay 2B Ben Zobrist


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The American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 1st is Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist.

The winner of the American League weekly honor, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at

In six games last week, Zobrist batted .440 (11-for-25) with two home runs and a .444 on-base percentage. The switch-hitter led the Majors with five doubles and 13 RBI’s, tied for the top spot with eight runs scored and 24 total bases, finished second with a .960 slugging percentage and tied for second with 11 hits.

Zobrist had a career day in a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. In the first game on Thursday, the Eureka, Illinois native had a career-high four hits and eight RBI’s, including two doubles, a home run and two runs scored in a 15-3 blasting of the Twins. His eight RBI’s broke the Rays’ previous single-game mark of seven, set by Carlos Pena in 2007, and were the most in a game since Toronto’s Adam Lind on August 31, 2009. The 29-year-old went into the nightcap and continued to have a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI’s and three runs scored en route to a 6-1 Rays win and series sweep of the Twins.

In five straight games, Zobrist had 18 RBI’s and that marked the most for an American League player since Reggie Jackson compiled 18 RBI’s from June 14-18, 1969. Zobrist’s 10 RBI’s in the doubleheader were the most for a twin bill since St. Louis’ Mark Whiten earned 13 RBI’s on September 7, 1993 at Cincinnati.

The sixth round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft by the Houston Astros, finished the series against Minnesota 8-for-14 (.571) with two home runs, three doubles, a triple, six runs scored and 13 RBI’s, the most RBI’s in a three-game series in the Majors since 2004.

The Dallas Baptist University alumnus carried an eight-game hitting streak into this week along with an American League-leading 25 RBI’s and he ranks second in the Majors with 18 extra-base hits.

This is Zobrist’s second career weekly honor; the other on 9/29/2008 and the third for the Rays this season joining Johnny Damon and James Shields.


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AL DIVISION SERIES: Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers will play Game 5 Tuesday

Evan Longoria (MLB)

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The Tampa Bay Rays have fought back to win two games in Arlington Texas to tie the AL division series at 2-2.

Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena and the rest of the Rays baseball team is headed back to Tropicana Field to try and win the series against Texas.

Longoria snapped out of his post-season slump with a home run and two doubles. Carlos Pena scored twice with a pair of extra-base hits, in leading Tampa Bay from elimination again with a 5-2 win on Sunday over the Rangers.

What is intriguing about this series is Texas won two games in Tampa and Tampa won two in Texas.

Rookie right-hander Wade Davis pitched into the sixth inning, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning when he struck out Vladimir Guerrero.

Rafael Soriano worked a perfect ninth for the save.

The Rays will be facing Rangers lefty Cliff Lee on Tuesday night. The Rays will send their ace, David Price to the mound to rekindle the Game 1 matchup.

The series winner will host Game 1 of the AL championship series Friday night against the well-rested New York Yankees.

compiled from staff & MLB news

AL DIVISION SERIES: Rays stay alive with 6-3 win in Texas

John Jaso knocked in the tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning after Carlos Pena had another clutch playoff hit as the Tampa Bay Rays avoided elimination in the AL division series by beating the Texas Rangers in Arlington, 6-3.

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The Rays cut the deficit in the best-of-five series to 2 games to 1.

Game 4 is Sunday.

The Rays were limited to a total of one run while losing the first two games at home. But they broke lose in the late innings.

compiled from staff & MLB news

Tampa Bay beats Indians’ Westbrook for first time in 5 years

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Jake Westbrook and his Cleveland Indians teammates were in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida area which is on the west coast of the Sunshine State on Thursday night, while LeBron James, who most of them know personally, was announcing to the world that he will be playing 300 miles on the east coast of Florida in Miami. It was a bad night all the way around for anything with the name Cleveland.

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The Tampa Bay Rays had not beaten Indians starter Jake Westbrook since 2005. But in Tropicana Field, the Rays hit three homers, including a pair of two-run drives by Carl Crawford and a solo blast by Carlos Pena in a 5-2 win.

Westbrook (5-5) pitched his way through six innings and was in the locker room to see LeBron James defect to Miami on ESPN.

One bright spot for the Indians was leadoff hitter Michael Brantley, a Floridian, gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with his first big-league homer in the first inning on a 1-and-1 pitch from winning pitcher Wade Davis (8-6). All of his family and friends were at the game to witness his achievement.

Rays sweep Yankees behind bat of Pena and pitching of Shields, 8-6

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Baseball’s best team, the Tampa Bay Rays, now know that they can compete and win in the new Yankee Stadium. In 2009, that had some nightmarish games in the new ballpark. Carlos Pena and James Shields led the way last night.

Pena homered twice and Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton also blasted homers as Tampa Bay tattoed another Yankees pitcher and posted its sixth straight win.

James Shields (mlb)

A day after battering A.J.  Burnett, Tampa Bay came out swinging a hot bat against Andy Pettitte (5-1). Jason Bartlett led off with a double, Carl Crawford followed with an RBI single and then Zobrist homered.

Shields, who is 5-1, overcame some early problems and mishaps and settled down as the game moved along and pitched into the eighth inning.

The Rays improved to 17-4 on the road and 30-11 overall.

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