UPDATES & NEWS
Glen Perkins earned his 26th save of the season despite allowing one run on two hits in the ninth innings of the Twins' 2-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday.
The run allowed was just the second for Perkins this month, a span of 12 appearances (12 innings). Her continues to be one off the more underrated closers out there, likely because he pitches for the Twins, and has maintained a solid 2.78 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP> Word has it that a number of teams have inquired about the availability of Perkins in a deal, but it doesn't appear that Minnesota is considering any of the offers. Continue to roll with him as your closer the rest of the way.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