Rays Recap for Monday

Jeff Niemann didn’t do anything to hurt his chances for claiming the last spot in the rotation with his performance Monday against the Twins.

The 6-foot-9 right-hander allowed two runs on six hits, three walks and he struck out five in five innings. Niemann threw 93 pitches of which 57 were strikes.  Rays manager Joe Maddon said Niemann appeared to have a lot left in the tank when he finished his outing, which he noted was a good thing.

Maddon plans to name the fifth starter on Tuesday and Niemann is starting to appear like he has the inside track for the job over Wade Davis.  Matt Moore already appears secure with a spot in the rotation.

Meanwhile, B.J. Upton took some swings and did some running around in the outfield on Monday in Port Charlotte. He continues to progress from his lower back problem. But there was no word about Sam Fuld, who was scheduled to have an MRI on his right wrist on Monday.

–Bill Chastain

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