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In Tampa homecoming, Zobrist contributes to Royals' 3-2 victory over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. As a video package showed highlights from the first nine seasons of his big league career, Ben Zobrist stood a few feet behind home plate at Tropicana Field and felt the tug of dueling poles, his past and his present jousting for his attention hours before a 3-2 Royals victory. In the dugout to his left stood his new teammates, the Kansas City Royals, the team which rescued him from an unhappy sojourn in Oakland and thrust him into a World Series chase. To his right stood his former teammates from Tampa Bay, the organization that acquired him nearly a decade ago, developed him into a two-time All-Star and ultimately dealt him to the Athletics last winter. "The...

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