UPDATES & NEWS
A.J. Burnett allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts over six innings against the Marlins on Tuesday.
After a mediocre start to the season, Burnett has really started to turn things around over his last five starts, allowing three runs or less while pitching through the sixth inning or later in each contest. Now sitting on a 5-7 record with a 3.92 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through 18 starts, Burnett now warrants consideration in all but the shallowest of leagues while trending in the right direction. He will look to get win No. 6 when he takes on the Pirates on Sunday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
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