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Tampa Bay Rays beat Kansas City Royals 1-0

James Loney's RBI single in the top of the ninth inning vaulted the Tampa Bay Rays past the Kansas City Royals, 1-0, in the second tilt of a three-game set.

Report: Orioles sign closer Grant Balfour to two-year deal

BALTIMORE, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Baltimore Orioles have signed former Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour to a two-year contract, the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

MLB: Oakland 6, Detroit 3

DETROIT, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Brandon Moss and Seth Smith hit home runs in a three-run rally Monday that lifted Oakland to a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers and 2-1 lead in their ALDS.

MLB: Oakland 1, Detroit 0

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Stephen Vogt's RBI single in the ninth inning Saturday lifted Oakland to a 1-0 decision over Detroit in Game 2 of their American League Division Series.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 5, Oakland 4 (11 innings)

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Josh Hamilton socked score-tying, ninth-inning homer and added an 11th-inning sacrifice fly Wednesday, rallying the Los Angeles Angels over Oakland 5-4.

MLB: Oakland 2, Los Angeles Angels 1

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Josh Donaldson drove in the winning run in the Oakland Athletics' 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday.

MLB: Oakland 1, Texas 0

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Bartolo Colon tossed eight shutout innings Saturday, staking the Oakland Athletics to a 5 1/2-game division lead with a 1-0 whitewash of second-place Texas.

MLB: Oakland 7, Houston 5

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Josh Donaldson scored the go-ahead run in the fourth and hit a two-run homer in the sixth Friday, lifting Oakland to a 7-5 win over Houston.

MLB: Oakland 4, Texas 2

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Coco Crisp was awarded a go-ahead, two-run homer after a video review Monday and Oakland grabbed a share of first place with a 4-2 win over Texas.

MLB: Oakland 2, Tampa Bay 1

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Sonny Gray threw 6 2/3 shutout innings Saturday and the Oakland Athletics kept pace in the American League West with a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

MLB: Oakland 4, Tampa Bay 3

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Jed Lowrie put Oakland in front with an RBI double in the eighth inning Friday and the A's bounced back from a stunning loss to down Tampa Bay 4-3.

MLB: Detroit 7, Oakland 6

DETROIT, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Torii Hunter hit a three-run home run with two out in the ninth Thursday, giving the Detroit Tigers a stunning 7-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

MLB: Oakland 8, Detroit 6

DETROIT, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Coco Crisp and Daric Barton each provided two RBI Monday, helping the Oakland Athletics hold off Detroit 8-6 in a meeting of post-season contenders.

MLB: Oakland 3, Cleveland 2

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Eric Sogard's RBI single put Oakland in front in the seventh inning Friday and the Athletics held on for a 3-2 victory over Cleveland.

MLB: Oakland 6, Toronto 4

TORONTO, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Alberto Callaspo delivered a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning Sunday and the Oakland went on to defeat Toronto 6-4.
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Grant Robert Balfour (born 30 December 1977, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is a relief pitcher who plays for the Oakland Athletics. He has previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers.

Balfour spent his first years at school attending Kings Langley Public School and high school years at William Clarke College in Kellyville, New South Wales.

Balfour made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2001 and played with them until 2004. After missing 2005 with an injury, in 2006 he played in the Cincinnati Reds organization. After a three-year absence, Balfour made his return to the major leagues on 18 July, 2007, in the 8th inning with the Milwaukee Brewers. He relieved Chris Capuano in a 2-2 tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks, striking out Chris Young, the first hitter he faced. With two outs in the 8th, he hit a batter and walked another before giving up a three-run home run to Mark Reynolds, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-2 lead. Balfour would finish the 8th and 9th inning and take the loss in relief, having given up three earned runs in the 5-2 defeat.

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