Balfour out as Rays' closer
Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Monday's game against Seattle the team will use a closer by committee instead of the struggling Balfour, who gave up five runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Mariners. It was the second time the right-hander has had a five-run inning this season.
Balfour entered Monday 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA in 24 games, and had nine saves in 11 opportunities. He has walked 20 in 23 2-3 innings.
"It just hasn't worked out," Maddon said
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