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Alexei Ramirez extended his hitting-streak to 15 games with a home run in the sixth inning against the Red Sox On Wednesday. He finished 1-for-6 with the homer, two RBI and a run scored.
The Cuban Missille continues to dominate opposing pitcher in the early going and his now sitting on a .390 average with four homers and 14 RBI through his first 59 at-bats of the season. Ramirez has taken a new approach at the plate, in which he is a lot more selective than in years past, which has paid dividends thus far. As long as he doesn't revert back to his old ways, a career-year appears to be in store for the 32-year-old shortstop. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
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