The Orioles might have caught a break as Rays’ starter Jeff
Niemann just left the game after being struck in the right shoulder with a liner
from Miguel Tejada. He exited with one out in the second inning of Thursday’s finale.
The Rays anounced it was a
precautionary move and the right-handed Niemann is list as day-to-day with a contusion. Either way, Andy
Sonnanstine is in now instead. A former starter, Sonnanstine is a part of Tampa
Ba’s bullpen. He doesn’t have the same stuff as Niemann, but is pretty crafty.
Niemann threw 12 pitches on the night and retired the first four Orioles in order