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Grant Balfour | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/30/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Grant Balfour gave up a solo homer in his inning of work against the Pirates in his spring debut Monday.
Light-hitting Gorkys Hernandez did the damage. Balfour was making his debut after returning home from Australia, where his father passed away earlier this month. Mar 23 - 5:16 PM

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Grant Balfour is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday.

The veteran right-hander missed time early in the spring to return to his ailing father in Australia. He shouldn't have any difficulty getting himself ready in time for Opening Day.
Mar 21 - 10:21 AM

Grant Balfour threw live batting practice Tuesday.

Balfour went back home to Australia last week after his father passed away from pancreatic cancer. He returned to camp Sunday and will likely pitch this weekend.
Mar 17 - 11:07 AM

Grant Balfour (family) is expected to return to Rays camp on Sunday.

Balfour has been in Australia since his father passed away Tuesday from pancreatic cancer. The right-hander is expected to fly back to Florida on Saturday.
Mar 11 - 10:53 AM

Grant Balfour has left Rays' camp to go back to Australia to visit his ailing father.

Balfour's father has been battling cancer. The Rays will give him all the time he needs.
Feb 25 - 8:49 AM

Grant Balfour notched his first save since July 1 in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

Jake McGee pitched the eighth inning and Brad Boxberger was apparently unavailable, so Balfour got the call to protect a 1-0 lead. He was pretty sharp, retiring the side in order while recording two strikeouts. Still, we're not expecting Joe Maddon to make a habit out of this down the stretch.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:09:00 PM

Grant Balfour revealed Saturday that he believes he's been tipping his pitches.

Balfour has walked 27 over 36 1/3 innings this season, so it's not just pitch-tipping that's led to his issues. However, it could certainly be a factor in his struggles. "I have a few things, and it's been cleaned up," Balfour said. "You look at the numbers and you think maybe they knew what was coming at certain times. That can explain a few things here and there. I'm not saying I pitched the best, but it doesn't help when someone knows what's coming. It could be an issue. It's definitely cleaned up, so we'll find out."
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 12:14:00 PM

Grant Balfour got the call to close out the game Tuesday and responded with a scoreless inning to earn the save against the Yankees.

Balfour, who hadn't had a save chance since June 11, walked two batters in the inning before slamming the door. He's allowed just one run over his last 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine as he attempts to distance himself from his early struggles. It's worth noting that Jake McGee worked the eighth inning and Joel Peralta, who had been used in each of the last two games, got the night off. For now, the situation is still fluid enough that it's tough to trust any to get consistent save chances.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 10:30:00 PM

Grant Balfour tossed 2 1/3 perfect innings to pick up his 10th save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals.

Making his first appearance since he was battered by the Mariners, which led to his demotion as the team's sole closer, Balfour rebounded nicely, retiring all seven batters he faced. He's now 10-for-12 in save opportunities with a 5.88 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and a 22/20 K/BB ratio in 26 innings.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 10:47:00 PM

Rays manager Joe Maddon announced Monday morning that he will begin using a committee at closer.

Grant Balfour was slammed for five runs in the ninth inning of the Rays' loss to the Mariners on Sunday, pushing his ERA for the season to 6.46. The 36-year-old has had problems with both control and effectiveness, and Maddon told reporters before Monday's matinee with Seattle that he wants Balfour to get his confidence back in a less pressurized role. Jake McGee and Juan Carlos Oviedo are the best options for vultured saves in the meantime. McGee has been especially dominant this year.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 11:42:00 AM

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that he's sticking with Grant Balfour at closer "as of today."

"Even if I was going to change anything, I wouldn't tell you guys anyhow," Maddon said to the media after watching Balfour serve up five earned runs in the top of the ninth Sunday as the Rays fell to the Mariners. Balfour has a highly-disappointing 6.46 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, and 21/20 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 total innings this season. Jake McGee and Juan Carlos Oviedo should both be stashed in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 08:47:00 AM

Grant Balfour took his second blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Thursday against the A's.

Balfour managed to preserve the tie from there, but it was another poor outing from a guy with a 5.89 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. The Rays will have to weigh replacing him in the ninth, likely with either Joel Peralta (a potentially less expensive option) or Jake McGee (clearly their best reliever). We'd lean towards Peralta getting the nod, but the Rays may wait and give Balfour one more chance.
Thu, May 22, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Grant Balfour rebounded from Thursday's outing to pitch a scoreless ninth with a 3-0 lead Friday against the Angels.

Balfour was upset about being pulled from a save chance on Friday, especially after Brad Boxberger gave up a walkoff homer, but he's still the closer and he was right back on the mound tonight for an easy 14-pitch inning. Fortunately, he was able to retire the 8-9-1 portion of the Angels lineup and leave Mike Trout waiting on deck in the end.
Sat, May 17, 2014 01:49:00 AM

Rays manager Joe Maddon gave Grant Balfour a vote of confidence on Friday, saying that the veteran right-hander was "absolutely" still his closer.

Maddon said that he wants to see Balfour more confident in the role. He suffered a horrendous blown save against the Angels on Saturday, allowing the only three base runners he faced to reach base before being yanked. While it's nice to have the support of his manager, another blown save chance could mean the end.
Fri, May 16, 2014 08:27:00 PM

Grant Balfour failed to record an out, allowing three base runners who all came around to score, in an ugly blown save Thursday against the Angels.

Joe Maddon's trigger finger couldn't have been much quicker with the veteran, and he might get second-guessed for it. Balfour entered the ninth with a 5-2 lead. He walked the first two batters he faced, and then gave up an RBI single. That was enough for Maddon, who called upon a cold Brad Boxberger to face Mike Trout. Boxberger served up the home run that seemed destined to happen, ending the game. Balfour, who signed a two-year, $12 million free agent contract with Tampa Bay this offseason, is 7-for-9 in save chances with a 6.46 ERA. Two awful outings (five runs in 2/3 of an inning in late April was the other) will take a while to work off.
Fri, May 16, 2014 02:12:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Alexi Casilla
4Ryan Brett
5Eugenio Velez
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
2Juan Francisco
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Corey Brown
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Joey Butler
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Matt Andriese
9Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Grant Balfour
4Ernesto Frieri
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Kirby Yates
8Ronald Belisario
9Steve Geltz
10Brandon Gomes
11Everett Teaford
12Burch Smith
13C.J. Riefenhauser
14Jim Miller