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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.

MLB: Oakland 4, Texas 2

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Yoenis Cespedes slammed a two-run homer in the first inning Saturday and the Oakland Athletics went on to cool off Texas 4-2.

MLB: Oakland 3, Los Angeles Angels 1

OAKLAND, Calif., July 27 (UPI) -- Tommy Milone threw seven innings of one-run ball and Derek Norris backed him with a two-run homer Saturday in Oakland's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Oakland 6, Los Angeles Angels 4

OAKLAND, Calif., July 27 (UPI) -- Jed Lowrie and Stephen Vogt both homered Friday and Bartolo Colon stayed hot in launching Oakland to a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Houston 5, Oakland 4

HOUSTON, July 24 (UPI) -- The Houston Astros stole a 5-4 win over Oakland Tuesday with the help of two errors by the Athletics in the bottom of the ninth inning.

MLB: Oakland 4, Houston 3

HOUSTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Josh Reddick slammed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning Monday, sparking the Oakland Athletics to a comeback 4-3 win over Houston.

MLB: Oakland 3, Boston 0

OAKLAND, Calif., July 14 (UPI) -- A.J. Griffin fired eight shutout innings Saturday and the Oakland Athletics cruised to a 3-0 victory over Boston.

MLB: Oakland 2, Pittsburgh 1

PITTSBURGH, July 9 (UPI) -- Dan Straily struck out seven and Grant Balfour recorded his 24th save in Oakland's 2-1 win on the road over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

MLB: Oakland 2, Pittsburgh 1

PITTSBURGH, July 8 (UPI) -- Bartolo Colon logged his 12th win with seven efficient innings Monday, staking the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 interleague decision over Pittsburgh.

MLB: Oakland 6, Kansas City 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 5 (UPI) -- Tommy Milone took a shutout into the ninth inning Friday and Coco Crisp drove in three runs to bring Oakland a 6-3 triumph over Kansas City.

MLB: Oakland 1, Chicago Cubs 0

OAKLAND, Calif., July 4 (UPI) -- Dan Straily pitched seven innings of one-hit, shutout baseball Thursday and Derek Norris scored the only run in the Oakland A's 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: Seattle 6, Oakland 3 (10 innings)

SEATTLE, June 23 (UPI) -- Kendrys Morales' three-run homer in the 10th inning Sunday, sent the Seattle Mariners to a 6-3 victory over Oakland.
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Grant Balfour
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Grant Balfour pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning of the World Series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 22, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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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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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Grant Balfour."
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