UPDATES & NEWS
James Loney is not in the Rays' starting lineup Friday.
Sean Rodriguez has returned from paternity leave and will be batting sixth and playing first for the Rays as manager Joe Maddon is stacking his lineup with all but one left-handed hitter in Ben Zobrist against Rangers LHP Joe Saunders who struggles mighty against right-handed batters thus making the Rays an intriguing team to considering stacking in DFS play tonight.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender