Grant Balfour took the loss to the Athletics in extra-innings after allowing one run on two hits and two walks with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning on Monday.

The last thing the emotionally charged Balfour needed was controversial calls, one which resulted in manager Joe Maddon getting ejected after he argued an appeal call on a check swing by A's Josh Donaldson. Donaldson would eventually earn a walk to the load the bases with one out. Balfour was able to retire the next batter, but could not do the same against Norris who laced a decent pitch by the Rays' reliever for a game-winning base hit. Regardless of the outcome Balfour is an AL-only own at best and even then you are better off letting one of your opponents roll the dice with this loon.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

5 Aug , 02:37 AM
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