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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.

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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.

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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="">#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="">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="">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).


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