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Niemann is 1-8 with an 8.87 ERA in 11 starts since being on the disabled list last year for a strained right shoulder.
Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon went 1 for 4 in his return after missing the previous three games because of a left ring finger injury. He picked up career hit 2,585, which moved him past Reggie Jackson into 79th place all-time, on his third-inning single.
NOTES: Vizquel replaced 2B Gordon Beckham, who is mired in a 2 for 25 slide. Guillen said he may move Beckham out of the second spot in the lineup to help the infielder relax. ... Vizquel played in his 2,855th game, which is one away from tying Robin Yount for 14th place all-time. ... Damon has a 10-game hitting streak. ... It was Vizquel's first multi-RBI game since last Aug. 27 against the New York Yankees.
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