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Craig Kimbrel struck out the side Monday to earn the save in the Braves 2-0 victory over the Padres.
Kimbrel has converted each of his last two save chances after taking a loss to the Marlins last Thursday. His 32 saves have him tied with Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal for the MLB lead. In impressive fashion, Kimbrel has faced exactly three batters, striking out all three, in 18 of those 32 saves, which is an MLB record for a season. 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