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Cole Hamels allowed just one run on four hits and no walks while striking out nine batters over seven innings in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Braves.
Hamels tossed a gem on Saturday, as he improved to 4-5 with a 2.83 ERA and 1.17 WHIP through his first 17 starts. Despite a poor record, Hamels has pitched excellent in 2014, having allowed three runs or less in all but three trips to the mound while owning an impressive 115:38 K:BB rate over 114.1 innings. He will look to get back to .500 when he takes on Tim Hudson and the Giants on Thursday.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