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
The Rams will start Nick Foles Sunday.
Yuk, yuk, yuk. Case Keenum is being held out of action after his concussion suffered at the end of Sunday's game against the Ravens. Going up against the Bengals, you do not want to consider using Foles, who was recently benched after putting up awful results against the Bears in Week 10. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson
Tyson Chandler (right hamstring strain) is listed as doubtful to play Sunday.
While the team needs his presence on the court, if a hamstring injury is not allowed to heal, it is always a risk that a minor strain can end up sidelining a player for weeks if re-aggravated. It would be best to let him heal, but look to see if he is activated for the game on Sunday. The suggestion is to avoid rostering him, but perhaps he just had a mild tweak to his hamstring and is a good option. Not my choice going forward, understand. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson