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Updated: 02/27/2014 08:00:06AM

Zobrist gets back in the swing

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By JOSH VITALE

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PORT CHARLOTTE —About 10 minutes into his batting practice session on Wednesday, Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist lifted a pitch from hitting coach Derek Shelton toward right field and deposited it over the fence for an opposite field home run.

Of course, the fact that Zobrist hit a home run during a spring training batting practice session means almost nothing. But for a player who has still not gotten back up to full speed since tweaking his lower back in the weight room a week ago, it’s a step in the right direction.

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