According to industry sources, the Yankees have shown some interest in closer Grant Balfour, whose two-year deal with the Orioles disintegrated. Balfour has converted 62 of 67 save opportunities the last two years.

The fiery right-hander was all set to be the Orioles closer until, according to Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette, the team’s doctors did not like what they saw concerning his shoulder during his physical. Balfour contended he has been examined by some of the top orthopedists in the game and has been given a clean bill of health.