35-year old righty closer Grant Balfour of the Oakland A’s has been added to the A.L. All-Star Team to replace Bartolo Colon (he started Sunday’s game). Balfour has pitched in 40 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-1 with 25 saves, a 1.63 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Balfour has given up 27 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 41 batters in his first 38 2/3 innings so far this year, which is very, very impressive. Balfour has now pitched in 177 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the A’s and he is 8-5 with 51 saves, a 2.31 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. Balfour is already tied for 1oth in A’s history in saves (51) with Hall of Famer Lefty Grove.