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Masahiro Tanaka held the hot hitting Athletics lineup to one run on five hits, including a home run, with one walk and four strikeouts over six innings in Thursday's victory.
Tanaka continues to rack up the wins as he moved his win/loss record to 9-1 with an AL league leading 2.02 ERA in 12 starts after Thursday's outing. Tanaka will go for his fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday in an interesting road matchup against the Mariners and fellow Japanese starter Hisashi Iwakuma.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