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DUNEDIN, Fla. Ray Rice Black Jersey . —Jeff Niemann was
working on his slider, part of a repertoire that he hopes will land him one of
the two remaining spots in Tampa Bays starting rotation. For three innings
Friday he was satisfied things were going well. Then Toronto, which had pushed
across single runs in the second and third innings, erupted for five hits and
two runs on Niemanns first eight pitches of the fourth en route to a 5-0
victory. “I felt really good,” Niemann said. “You didnt exactly see the results
towards the end … but everything felt really great early on, and today was
really about getting the pitch count up. That was the biggest thing … and why
I went out there for the fourth.” “The slider, I threw close to 10. Usually its
less than five in a full game. Im trying to move it around to righties and
lefties and see what I can do with it. I think we had a few strikeouts with it
today, so its coming along,” he said. Ricky Romero, the Blue Jays opening day
pitcher, pitched four hitless innings and struck out four. Travis Snider,
competing with Eric Thames for the job in left field, Torontos only remaining
undecided position, hit his fourth spring home run. “I thought Jeff overall had
good stuff,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “He just ran out of gas. He gave up
four hits to that point, then all off a sudden everything came up in the strike
zone. He got hit pretty well.” “Its hard to gauge anything right now. There are
so many guys that arent playing and the guys that are playing are not swinging
the bats well,” he said. “Its frustrating because the things we want to work on
we havent a chance to work on—but you cant get frustrated in spring
training.” Niemann, Wade Davis and Matt Moore are in competition for the two
remaining starting positions behind James Shields, David Price and
Jeremy Hellickson. Maddon said hell wait “maybe a week or ten days down the
road, and try to make the right decision.” J.P. Arencibia singled home a run in
the second inning, Jose Bautista hit a sacrifice fly in the third, then
successive singles by Jonathan Diaz on a bunt, Colby Rasmus, Arencibia and
Snider chased Niemann. The Rays didnt get their first hit until Brandon Guyer
bunted toward third leading off the sixth against Chad Jenkins. Snider homered
off Jhonny Nunez in the sixth. “I think in (Sniders) final at-bat against Nunez,
who has above-average velocity, you saw him foul a ball off when he was behind
and the very next pitch he was able to make an adjustment on the same type of
pitch and hit the ball out of the ballpark,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell
said. “A year ago that might not have readily happened but its very encouraging
to see.” NOTES: Toronto 3B Brett Lawrie left early as a precaution because of
tightness in his groin. ... The Rays wore yellow “Fortune Favours the Bold”
T-shirts to commemorate shaving their head in a fundraiser for the Pediatric
Cancer Foundation. Maddon was joined by 36 players and coaches and 34 team
executives and staff, including principal owner Stuart Sternberg. ... Torontos
unbeaten streak reached 12 games. ... Tampa Bay will start opening day pitcher
James Shields against Pittsburghs Jeff Karstens Saturday at Bradenton. The Rays
have split-squad games, starting Brandon Morrow against the Phillies
Vance Worley and Drew Hutchison against the Braves Brandon Beachy. Dennis Pitta Jersey . Justin Upton and
Ryan Roberts homered and every Arizona starter had at least one hit as the
Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-4 on Wednesday night, ending the NL
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. Hulking six-foot-three, 200-pound winger James Van Riemsdyk was finally dealt
to Toronto for Luke Schenn in a long-rumoured swap that swiftly addressed needs
for both clubs. Arthur Jones Jersey .S. Open. Levin was at
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6-3. DETROIT —The Detroit Tigers did a lot of their best work simply by
leaving their bats on their shoulders. Detroit took advantage of Ricky Romeros
wildness Tuesday night in a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers
scored their first two runs on bases-loaded walks, and although they never
really broke the game open with a big hit, they did enough to keep pace in the
AL Central race. Detroit still trails the first-place Chicago White Sox by two
games. “This ones in the book, you turn the page,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland
said. “Thats what weve got to do now—40 of them left—got to just play it
out and see what happens.” Max Scherzer struck out eight in seven impressive
innings for Detroit. Romero (8-11) lost his 10th straight decision, allowing
five runs, seven hits and eight walks in 5 1-3 innings. He didnt strike out a
batter. Austin Jackson had three hits. Scherzer (13-6) allowed five hits,
including Edwin Encarnacions solo homer. He walked two. “I know that when I go
out there, I know I can be really good,” Scherzer said. “I know I can pitch
consistently and I know I can get hitters out. I dont fear a single hitter in
this whole league. When I bring my A game and I bring my game, I can pitch well
against any team—doesnt matter who it is.” Detroit needed three relievers to
get through the eighth, when the Blue Jays scored two runs. Jose Valverde then
pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances. Valverde allowed two
baserunners but eventually struck out Encarnacion to end it. Romero walked six
in the first two innings. “I feel like Im the one that lost the game,” Romero
said. “Its baffling. Its tough. I dont know how to put it. Its just been a
frustrating year.” Romero is 0-10 with a 7.69 ERA in his last 11 starts. He was
in trouble right away in the first inning on Tuesday, whenn Jackson reached on
an infield single and went to second on third baseman Omar Vizquels throwing
error. Haloti Ngata Pink Jersey. . With two outs and
a man on third, Romero walked Prince Fielder, Jhonny Peralta and Delmon Young to
give Detroit the lead. In the second, Romero walked Omar Infante with the bases
loaded, and Miguel Cabrera followed with a double-play grounder that brought
home another run to make it 3-0. “Thats tough when you see a guy missing by that
much and youre trying to hit against it,” Leyland said. “Youre saying, Well, hes
wild, I dont want to swing at something bad. Then all of a sudden he throws one
that looks good and it runs in on you. Thats what happened a couple times.”
Encarnacion hit his 32nd homer in the sixth, and at that point, Romero hadnt
allowed a walk or a run since the second. But he couldnt keep it up, giving up a
walk to Jeff Baker, a single to Andy Dirks and another walk to Gerald Laird to
load the bases. After Jackson hit into a forceout at the plate, Infante hit a
grounder to first baseman David Cooper, who hesitated and ended up not getting
any out at all. Romero left the game after that, and Cabrera added a sacrifice
fly off Brad Lincoln to make it 5-1. Toronto fought back in the eighth with an
RBI double by Cooper and a run-scoring single by Yunel Escobar. Joaquin Benoit
came on with two on and two outs and threw only one pitch, retiring Vizquel on a
popup to end the threat. NOTES: The last pitcher to walk at least eight batters
with no strikeouts was Colorados Greg Reynolds, who walked eight against
Philadelphia on May 28, 2008, according to STATS, LLC. ... Scherzer has a
career-high 186 strikeouts this year, surpassing his previous mark of 184 from
2010. ... Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (1-3) faces Toronto LHP Aaron Laffey (3-4)
on Wednesday night. ’ ’ ’ 

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