UPDATES & NEWS
Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and five RBI against the Giants on Monday.
Desmond is on quite the four-game tear right now, batting .412 with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, nine RBI and three runs scored. The average continues to climb out of the basement with a .238 mark right now and his contribution to the counting stats along the way has been one of the best in the game lately. Continue to run with Desmond moving forward.ANALYST: Howard Bender
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