UPDATES & NEWS
Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) is expected to play Friday against the Raptors.
While it's good to see Anthony showing some heart while the Knicks continue to fight for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the shoulder injury is certainly affecting his level of play. He is only shooting 29-percent from the floor over his last two games and is averaging just 11.5 points per game over that span. He's not coming out though, so the team around him will have to adjust and compensated for his reduced production.ANALYST: Howard Bender
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