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The Rays Tank: Grant's Grammy Gives him the Ninth

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Closer by committee sees former closer take the ninth, thanks to his grandma.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Momentum, keep on rolling. The Rays are on a four game win streak and are looking to break out the brooms this afternoon against the Yankees. Tampa Bay secured a series win last night with a 2-1 victory and another stellar outing from David Price. James Loney hit his fifth homerun of the season and Logan Forsythe kept his hot streak alive with another multi-hit game and an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Courtesy of MLB.com, here’s how the AL East currently stacks up. Keep on rolling boys!

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So why was Balfour selected to pitch the ninth inning for the Rays last night? Chalk it up to grandma.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rays?src=hash">#Rays</a> Maddon said reason he went to Balfour in 9th was seeing him in hotel lobby w/his 90 yo grandmother, figured he&#39;d have good karma 2nite</p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/statuses/484168369730781184">July 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Joe Maddon also reiterated this via his Twitter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Closed w/ Grant tonight because I saw him walking his grandmother thru the hotel lobby today. It was an impressive moment. Liked his karma.</p>&mdash; Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysJoeMaddon/statuses/484171652557582336">July 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The Hot Rods won 10-2 last night and had two players fall just short of the cycle. Juniel Querecuto had three hits on the night (a single, double and homerun) and Alexander Simon had four hits (two singles, a double and a triple).

Links:

-The Marlins felt the need to reaffirm that they are NOT shopping around Giancarlo Stanton.

-Taijuan Walker made his 2014 debut yesterday and James Paxton is starting to rehab again. Sports On Earth takes a look at how the Mariners rotation is all coming together.

-The Hardball Times ran part two of their primer on Tommy John Surgeries, examining the causes and prevention methods.

-David Ortiz gives his opinion on why the Cubs are so terrible.

-If you have a Baseball Prospectus account, there are articles up on what kind of pitches do the most damage to shoulders and how a pitcher’s career length varies.

-Jeff Passan takes a look at a potential loophole allowing minor league players on the 40-man roster to smoke their marijuana and not have to worry about serving a suspension.

-Cliff Lee will be rehabbing in Clearwater this weekend with the Threshers.

-Jon Heyman doesn’t seem to be a fan of Andrew Friedman’s way of making trades. He warns the Dodgers not to trade their top prospects for David Price.