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MLB: Oakland 5, Tampa Bay 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Jonny Gomes broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run homer Friday, pushing the Oakland A's to a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay.

MLB: Oakland 8, Cleveland 5

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Yoenis Cespedes smacked a two-run homer and Coco Crisp added a two-run triple Saturday in the Oakland Athletics' 8-5 win over Cleveland.

MLB: Oakland 6, Cleveland 4

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Josh Donald snapped an eighth-inning tie with an RBI single Friday and the Oakland Athletics went on to defeat Cleveland 6-4.

MLB: Oakland 3, Kansas City 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Dan Straily worked 6 1/3 innings to get his first major league win Thursday and four relievers completed a shutout in Oakland's 3-0 victory over Kansas City.

MLB: Oakland 9, Chicago White Sox 7

CHICAGO, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Brandon Inge lined a run-scoring double in the eighth inning for the go-ahead run Saturday and Oakland went on to a 9-7 win over the Chicago White Sox.

MLB: Oakland 4, New York Yankees 3

OAKLAND, Calif., July 20 (UPI) -- Yoenis Cespedes and Seth Smith drove in two runs each to stake Oakland to an early lead Thursday and the A's then fought off the New York Yankees 4-3.

MLB: Oakland 3, Boston 2

OAKLAND, Calif., July 4 (UPI) -- A.J. Griffin yielded one earned run over six innings Wednesday and Oakland's bullpen stymied Boston in the Athletics' series-sweeping 3-2 victory.

MLB: Oakland 3, Texas 1

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 1 (UPI) -- Travis Blackley shut down Texas on one run over seven innings Sunday and the Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep with a 3-1 win over the Rangers.

MLB: Texas 4, Oakland 3

ARLINGTON, Texas, June 29 (UPI) -- Craig Gentry's bases-loaded triple highlighted a four-run Texas rally in the eighth inning Friday, lifting the Rangers to a 4-3 triumph over Oakland.

MLB: Oakland 2, Seattle 1

SEATTLE, June 27 (UPI) -- Jarrod Parker dominated the Mariners Wednesday, holding them to three hits over seven innings in the Oakland Athletics' 2-1 decision over Seattle.

MLB: Oakland 1, Seattle 0

SEATTLE, June 26 (UPI) -- Tommy Milone and a pair of Oakland relievers combined for a seven-hit shutout Monday and the Athletics scratched out a 1-0 win over Seattle.

MLB: Oakland 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 0

OAKLAND, Calif., June 20 (UPI) -- Mike McCarthy allowed the just two hits Tuesday in leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB: Oakland 5, Los Angeles Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 15 (UPI) -- Tyson Ross and three relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout Monday, elevating the Oakland Athletics to a 5-0 whitewash of the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Oakland 7, Toronto 3

OAKLAND, Calif., May 9 (UPI) -- A grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning by newly acquired Brandon Inge gave the Oakland Athletics a dramatic 7-3 win over Toronto Tuesday.

MLB: Oakland 4, Tampa Bay 3 (12 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- Jonny Gomes smacked a 12th-inning, pinch-hit homer Saturday and the Oakland Athletics outlasted Tampa Bay 4-3.
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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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