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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||66.20||2.00||4.00||3.00||3.24||1.17||67.00||32.00|
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|Last 10 Games|
Rays DFA reliever Balfour after Saturday pounding
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(4/18/15) The Rays have seen enough of faltering reliever Grant Balfour. After he surrendered a grand slam Saturday night to Chris Young, he was designated for assignment, per the Tampa Tribune.
The 37-year-old Balfour has been struggling since last season, when he arrived in Tampa as the closer and quickly lost the job. He had pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings this season before walking three and giving up the blast to Young on Saturday.
Rays will revisit closer-by committee approach once McGee returns
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(4/1/15) Rays manager Kevin Cash reiterated that he won't name a closer for now, and will take a closer-by committee approach to start the season, per the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday.
"We're not going to name a closer," Cash said. "There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those (high) leverage situations. It just doesn't make sense to me to come out and name a closer when the game can be on the line in the seventh and eighth inning."
Brad Boxberger, who saved two games last season, was deemed as the favorite by Cash earlier this spring to see the ball in the ninth while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury. Grant Balfour and Ernesto Frieri have combined for 152 out of 164 career saves on Tampa Bay's active roster.
Cash indicated that he will revisit his closer approach once McGee returns from injury.
"We'll revisit it," Cash said, "but it's too early to tell."
Rays' Cash changes course, plans to take closer-by-committee approach
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/30/15) A day after indicating Brad Boxberger would be the team's closer while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday he is not going to name a closer, per the Tampa Bay Times. Cash added they will use several relievers in save situations.
"There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those leveraged situations," Cash said, per MLB.com. "But it just doesn't make sense to come out and name a closer when the game could be on the line in the seventh or eighth inning."
Cash added they will revisit the closer situation once McGee comes off the disabled list. McGee is expected to miss the first month of the season.
Along with Boxberger, Grant Balfour, Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri could all be used in save situations.
"We're comfortable with all of our bullpen options," Cash said. "I don't see us leaning toward anybody just waiting to pitch the ninth inning."
Rays RP Grant Balfour allows run in debut
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/23/15) Rays relief pitcher Grant Balfour surrendered a solo home run in his spring debut Monday. It was the only hit allowed in one inning of work for Balfour, who had been away from the team for several weeks due to the death of his father in Australia.
Rays RP Grant Balfour on track to make spring debut Monday
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/21/15) Rays reliever Grant Balfour threw 38 pitches Friday in live batting practice Friday and is on track to make his spring debut Monday against the Pirates, according to The Tampa Tribune.
“Everything was very, very good. He felt great,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Didn’t even realize he threw that many pitches. I asked him how many, and he said 25. He missed by almost 15 pitches.”
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/21/15||BOS||7:10 pm||Wade Miley|
|4/22/15||BOS||7:10 pm||Joe Kelly|
|4/23/15||BOS||7:10 pm||Clay Buchholz|
|4/24/15||TOR||7:10 pm||R.A. Dickey|
|4/25/15||TOR||6:10 pm||Daniel Norris|
|4/26/15||TOR||1:10 pm||Mark Buehrle|
|4/27/15||@ NYY||7:05 pm||Adam Warren|
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