UPDATES & NEWS
Addison Reed registered his 27th save of the season after allowing one hit while striking out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Pirates.
Reed was able to collect his second save in as many days on Thursday, expect this time he did not allow a three-run home run in the final frame. He has now converted 27 of his first 32 save opportunities with his last blown-save coming back on July 8. Although his 3.15 ERA and 1.15 WHIP aren't the most appealing, the fact that he has just 12 walks over 44.1 innings while striking out 52 batters certainly makes him well worth a roster spot moving forward. 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