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Rays to skip Niemann’s turn

Posted Jul 3, 2009 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Jul 3, 2009 at 06:03 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas—The Rays have decided to skip Jeff Niemann’s turn in the rotation, meaning Matt Garza will get the start here Sunday.

The Toronto series that begins Tuesday will go Shields-Kazmir-Price, with Niemann available out of the bullpen in the meantime.

Updating: Niemann will return to the rotation next Saturday, with Shields getting the final start before the break.

Here are tonight’s lineups, while we’re at it:

Upton CF
Crawford LF
Longoria 3B
Pena 1B
Zobrist 2B
Burrell DH
Gross RF
Bartlett SS
Navarro C
Kazmir P

Kinsler 2B
Young 3B
Byrd CF
Jones LF
Blalock DH
Cruz RF
Saltalamacchia C
Davis 1B
Andrus SS
Hunter P

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