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Rays @ Jays: Lueke recalled to help bullpen

Posted May 15, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 15, 2012 at 03:44 PM

A win tonight and the Rays end an up and down eight-game road trip with a .500 record and no worse than a share of first place with the Orioles. Not bad for a team that has lost three players to injuries during the three-city trip.

Jeff Niemann heads to the disabled list today after suffering a small fracture above his right ankle during the first inning of last night’s 7-1 win against the Blue Jays.

Josh Lueke, who made the Opening Day roster when Kyle Farnsworth began the season on the DL, was recalled today to add a fresh arm to a bullpen that had to pick up eight innings Monday after Niemann suffered his injury.

Niemann is expected to miss at least 4 to 6 weeks and probably more.

David Price will try end the trip on a positive and remain undefeated at Rogers Centre. He is 4-0 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts in Toronto.

Elliot Johnson brings a six-game hitting streak into the game.

Ben Zobrist, moved to the leadoff spot after Desmond Jennings sprained his knee May 6, has reached base in his first at-bats in five of the seven games since being moved to the leadoff spot, including walks in each of the last three.

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