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Strong bullpen gives Rays win over Red Sox

The Rays stretched their winning streak to a season-high nine games Saturday night because their offense managed just enough runs and the bullpen closed the door on the Red Sox. Another shutdown job by the pen that ended in another hold for Brad Boxberger and another 1-2-3 save for Jake McGee that finished a 3-0 victory in front of 26,659 at Tropicana Field. Here something else...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays demote Grant Balfour

The Tampa Bay Rays have decided that 2013 All-Star closer Grant Balfour will no longer be the team’s ninth inning man. Joe Maddon made the decision on Monday after Balfour’s disappointing performance on Sunday afternoon’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Balfour retired the first two batters that he faced in the top of the ninth inning, and was one pitch away from sending...
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2014 proven closer disaster

After another late-game meltdown, Grant Balfour is officially out as closer for the Tampa Bay Rays, at least for now, and the Rays will go closer-by-committee for a little while. While no one player can doom an entire team, Balfour’s problems are one of the primary reasons the Rays have the worst record in baseball, […]
Via Fangraphs
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

With Balfour struggling, Rays opt for closer-by-committee approach

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After his latest struggle, Grant Balfour is no longer the Tampa Bay Rays' lone closer. Manager Joe Maddon announced Monday morning that the team will use a by-committee approach, a day after Balfour allowed five runs and four hits in the ninth inning of the Seattle Mariners' 5-0 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Maddon refused to narrow the...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Another inconsistent outing from Grant Balfour a microcosm for Rays' season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Let's face it: It's hard to tell what you'll see when Grant Balfour takes the mound these days. The Tampa Bay Rays closer can either appear smooth or resemble a train that loses its wheels while chugging down a mountain. That's a tough way to go about life as a ninth-inning specialist, where a duty well done comes with no question marks. High...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour savages Rays fans for booing him after blown save

The Tampa Bay Rays have stumbled mightily out of the gates this season, easily falling well short of expectations. A handful of games past the quarter-pole of the season, the Rays find themselves sitting at 20-28 and six games back of the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays. While all hope is not lost — especially […] The post Grant Balfour savages Rays fans for booing him after...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays pitcher Grant Balfour brings massive truck to spring training

One more reason not to mess with Grant Balfour: this is his truck.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) February 19, 2014The picture you see above is a shot of the truck 36-year-old reliever Grant Balfour is rolling around with during spring training.As you can see, the vehicle is absolutely massive, ridiculous, mind-boggling, and all of the above.Just look...
Via Bush League Chronicle
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees show interest in Grant Balfour after deal falls through

The Grant Balfour saga just got even more interesting. The Yankees have shown interest in Balfour, whose two-year deal with the Orioles fell apart over health concerns, according to the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan. Balfour was expected to join the Orioles on a two-year, $15 million contract, but the deal fell through when Baltimore team doctors expressed concern over the right...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Rumor: There are four teams interested in closer Grant Balfour

It appeared that Grant Balfour found his new team earlier this week, but his deal with the Baltimore Orioles fell through. Now, the veteran right-hander tells Jim Duquette of The MLB Network that four teams are interested in his services while he has one offer on the table. The Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays are all teams...
Via MLB Injury News
December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Grant Balfour ticked off about Orioles deal falling through

Former A’s closer and borderline lunatic Grant Balfour agreed to terms with the Orioles on a two-year, $15 million deal to become their new closer a few days ago. Hopefully he didn’t already go out and blow all of that by buying his own a private island. The Orioles announced today that they are backing out of the deal. Indications are that the Orioles were unimpressed with...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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