UPDATES & NEWS
Yu Darvish gave up one run, five hits, three walks and punched out 12 over 6.2 innings in the 5-1 win over the Blue Jays Friday night.
The win was his first in three starts as he improved to 9-5 on the season. The 12 strikeouts tied his season high and was the 26th time in his career, sixth this season, that he registered 10 or more strikeouts in a game. Darvish's next start will be on Wednesday in New York against the Yankees.rnrnANALYST: 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