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Balfour back; Zobrist sent down

To bolster the bullpen, RHP Grant Balfour was called up from Triple-A Durham following Thursday's game, and INF Ben Zobrist was optioned.

The Rays needed another pitcher when closer Troy Percival was put on the 15-day DL (left hamstring strain) on Thursday.

With Zobrist gone, manager Joe Maddon said 3B Evan Longoria will serve as backup shortstop if Jason Bartlett needs a day off

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:35am]

    

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