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  1. Rays sign reliever Grant Balfour to a minor league deal

    May 1, 2015, 7:35 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    Grant Balfour and the Rays are back together again, as the two sides agreed to a minor league deal on Friday.

  2. Rays release Grant Balfour, eat $7 million

    Apr 29, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    Last offseason the Orioles backed out a two-year, $15 million deal with Balfour over concerns about the health of his arm and he eventually signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Rays.

  3. Rays designate Grant Balfour for assignment

    Apr 18, 2015, 11:26 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    Grant Balfour was designated for assignment following a disastrous Saturday night against the Yankees.

  4. 2015 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 31, 2015, 4:42 PM EDT

    Kevin Cash

    Why is this man smiling when his team appears to be destined for last place?

  5. 2015 Preview: Oakland Athletics

    Mar 23, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Bob Melvin

    They’ve reshuffled the deck for 2015. But that’s OK, they do that a lot and it always seems to work out OK.

  6. Rays honor the father of Grant Balfour

    Mar 15, 2015, 1:20 PM EDT

    blue sox

    David Balfour was a longtime executive with the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League, and when Grant returned from the funeral Sunday there was a touching tribute waiting for him …

  7. The Braves sign Josh Outman

    Jan 7, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT

    Josh Outman Indians

    More like Josh WALKman.

  8. The Orioles are still talking to the the Dodgers about Matt Kemp

    Dec 5, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

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    The Padres and Mariners are still in play too.

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 5, 2014, 6:38 AM EDT

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    Don’t look now, but the Angels are only a game back of the A’s in the AL West. And, thus, a game away from having the best record in baseball.

  10. I went to the All-Star FanFest and it was OK

    Jul 15, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

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    In this post is a picture of a moose, a monster truck and a wood-carved Harmon Killebrew.

  11. UPDATE: Grant Balfour is out as the Rays’ closer

    Jun 9, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    Hey, maybe they could trade him to the Tigers, and . . . eh, never mind.

  12. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 9, 2014, 6:47 AM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Jordan Zimmermann was on point and the Nationals have won seven of their past nine and are now tied for first place.

  13. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 7, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

    Rays AP

    A quick recap of a busy Friday around MLB, including the Rays finally getting back in the win column.

  14. Sean Doolittle comes to Jim Johnson’s defense regarding boos

    May 30, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jim Johnson A's

    Jim Johnson once again struggled and got an earful from A’s fans on Thursday, and one of his bullpen teammates expressed disappointment with the home crowd.

  15. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 23, 2014, 6:23 AM EDT

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    Boston has lost seven straight. Mark Buehrle has eight wins.

  16. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 16, 2014, 6:48 AM EDT

    Mike Trout walkoff

    YOU get a walkoff! And YOU get a walkoff! And YOU get a walkoff!

  17. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 26, 2014, 8:05 AM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hit his eighth and ninth home runs against the Rays on Friday, including a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. Abreu set a record for home runs in the month of April by a rookie.

  18. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT

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    Does winning on Opening Day mean anything? I dunno, ask Oakland and Seattle.

  19. 2014 Preview: Baltimore Orioles

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Chris Tillman AP

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Baltimore Orioles. The Big Question: Is there enough pitching here to get the O’s back to the playoffs? The Orioles…

  20. 2014 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 28, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Is this a championship offense? The Rays have led the American League in ERA…

  21. 2014 Preview: Oakland Athletics

    Mar 24, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nate Freiman, Josh Donaldson, Adam Rosales, Jed Lowrie

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Oakland Athletics. The Big Question: Is there life without Jarrod Parker? The A’s rotation has been a strength over…

  22. Why is the baseball season starting in Australia?

    Mar 21, 2014, 7:59 AM EDT

    Sydney Cricket Ground

    Baseball has long dispensed with the Cincinnati Reds getting the first game of the season at home. I’m generally OK with this. People in Cincinnati complain about it all the time because they claim status as the oldest baseball franchise and thus feel entitled to the first game each year, but the fact is (a)…

  23. Clint Hurdle is all out of bubblegum

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    BRADENTON — It’s raining harder now, and someone just told me that they’ve issued a tornado watch for the area. Yet they still haven’t banged the game. Crazy, but it’s their ballpark. They can do what they want. The Pirates did, however, open their clubhouse to the media at 11am, maybe because everyone knows that…

  24. Heath Bell on time with D-Backs: “I always felt like I was trying to swim upstream”

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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    Since leaving the spacious confines of Petco Park as the closer for the Padres, Heath Bell has had a tough time. Going into the 2012 season, Bell signed a three-year, $27 million contract. He struggled all year, eventually getting moved out of the ninth inning by then-manager Ozzie Guillen. Bell finished with a 5.09 ERA…

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