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Rays pitcher Niemann leaves game against Jays

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

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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.

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

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

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