UPDATES & NEWS
David Ortiz has returned to the Red Sox lineup on Friday.
Ortiz was held out of yesterdays game with calf soreness but appeared in the game in the 8th as a pinch hitter. Ortiz was intentionally walked and then lifted for a pinch runner. Big Papi will step in the batters box tonight against David Price who has held him to a .216 average over his career. ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba
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