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Rays designate Grant Balfour for assignment

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Per the Rays on Twitter, the club has designated reliever Grant Balfour for assignment. To take Balfour’s spot on the 25-man roster, the Rays have promoted reliever Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham.

Balfour hadn’t been scored upon in 3 2/3 innings coming into Saturday night’s game against the Yankees. That, however, changed rather abruptly. The seventh inning began with starter Jake Odorizzi allowing a lead-off single. Manager Kevin Cash immediately replaced Odorizzi with C.J. Riefenhauser, but the Yankees continued to rally, scoring twice on two singles, a double, and a sacrifice fly.

Balfour entered with runners on first and second and one out. He walked Alex Rodriguez to load the bases, induced a sacrifice fly from Mark Teixeira, hit Brian McCann to re-load the bases, allowed a grand slam to Chris Young, walked Chase Headley, uncorked a wild pitch, walked Stephen Drew, and finally got Gregorio Petit to foul out to end the inning. The Yankees led 9-0, the score by which they would eventually win. Balfour’s line: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. His ERA ballooned to 6.23.

The 37-year-old Balfour is earning a $7 million salary from the Rays. Considering he struggled immensely last season and his velocity has fallen from 93.4 MPH on average in 2013 to 91.6 last season and 89.7 MPH this season, Balfour may not draw much interest from other teams.

Yankees acquire infielder Gregorio Petit from Astros

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From the official Twitter account of the Houston Astros …

Petit hit .278/.300/.423 with eight doubles and two home runs in 100 plate appearances last season for the Astros. He wasn’t going to make their Opening Day roster out of spring training, but the versatile 30-year-old infielder could be of immediate use to the Yankees, who just lost defensive whiz Brendan Ryan to a right calf strain. Petit has appeared in 27 games at shortstop, 16 games at second base, and 12 games at third base in parts of three major league seasons. He was signed out of Venezuela by the Athletics back in 2001.

Astros designate Gregorio Petit for assignment

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Needing room on the 40-man roster, the Astros designated for assignment 29-year-old infielder Gregorio Petit.

Petit played 37 games for Houston this past season, hitting .278 with a .723 OPS while seeing action at shortstop, second base, and third base.

He also hit .297 with 10 homers and a .798 OPS in 85 games at Triple-A, although his track record in the minors is much less impressive.