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Joaquin Benoit returns to Texas a Tampa Bay Ray

ARLINGTON, Texas — This weekend will also be a homecoming for Rays reliever Joaquin Benoit, who was the longest tenured member of the Rangers organization when he left after 14 years, including most of seven in the big leagues.

"It's going to be weird," Benoit said. "I might get lost. I might take a wrong turn."

Benoit, 32, said he had hoped to finish his career with Texas but was told last summer — as he was rehabbing from shoulder surgery that forced him to miss the 2009 season — they had no interest in keeping him.

"It's really a good feeling going back, I spent great years there," Benoit said. "Being with the Rays as a visitor is going to be a little challenging for me. I didn't really expect to be somewhere else for the longest time, but I know baseball is a little tricky.

"And I think I'm in a better place. The Rays opened doors for me, and I'm here. At least they gambled on me."

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Joaquin Benoit returns to Texas a Tampa Bay Ray 06/03/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 4, 2010 7:29am]
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