UPDATES & NEWS
Tim Lincecum improved to 4-3 with a win over the Twins on Friday despite allowing two runs on five hits and a season-high six walks with four strikeouts over six innings.
Lincecum benefited from another night of the Giants offense going off as they scored six runs, which marked the eighth time in 10 starts that the former CY Young has had three runs or more of support this year. Lincecum's increasing walk rate with an overall lower K-rate, compared to previous years, has all arrows pointing to you trying to sell him.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