UPDATES & NEWS
Grant Balfour recorded save five and six in Thursday's double header.
Entering Thursday's doubleheader, Balfour was sporting a 6.10 ERA over 10.1 innings largely because of his problems with the long ball. He's definitely a better pitcher than those numbers would indicate and his two-save, two scoreless inning performance Thursday helped prove that. He lowered his ERA to 5.11 and should continue to lower that number as the season moves on. Having thrown 38 pitches between the two appearances, you can expect Joel Peralta to get an opportunity to close for the Rays on Friday if the situation arises.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jed Lowrie left Monday's game with a thumb injury. He's going back to Houston Tuesday for an MRI.
In all likelihood Jonathan Villar or Marwin Gonzalez will fill in for Lowrie if he misses extended time, but there's an outside chance the first-place Astros call up uber-prospect Carlos Correa for his first major league taste. Correa is murdering the Texas League (Double-A) to the tune of .375/.429/.719 with four home runs and two stolen bases. He's worth a speculative add in competitive leagues until the situation becomes more clear. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has hinted that he wouldn't be scared to "lift" Correa straight from Double-A at some point. Analysis: Spencer Silva