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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Chris Gimenez gives pitcher Jeff Niemann a pat on the shoulder after he was hit by a grounder by Toronto Blue Jays Adam Lind during first inning AL action in Toronto on Monday May 14, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn (Frank Gunn/CP)
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Chris Gimenez gives pitcher Jeff Niemann a pat on the shoulder after he was hit by a grounder by Toronto Blue Jays Adam Lind during first inning AL action in Toronto on Monday May 14, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn (Frank Gunn/CP)

Rays pitcher Niemann leaves game against Jays Add to ...

Tampa Bay pitcher Jeff Niemann left Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays after being hit by an Adam Lind ground ball in the first inning.

Niemann (2-3) saw the trainer and finished out the inning after taking the ball around the ankle. But after throwing a warmup pitch before the second, the six-foot-nine right-hander thought better of it and went to the dugout.

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Left-hander Cesar Ramos came in for him with the score at 0-0.

Niemann threw 23 pitches, giving up one hit and a walk.

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