Niemann's Debut Gets Rays a Win

The rookie helps Tampa beat Baltimore
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 7:09 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles today in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 6-2.    (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
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(Newser) – Jeff Niemann allowed just one run over six innings in his major league debut for the Tampa Bay Rays today.  Niemann was recalled from Triple-A Durham to replace the injured Matt Garza in the rotation. The 6-foot-9 right-hander gave up six hits, one walk and had five strikeouts to record his first big-league win over the Baltimore Orioles, 6-2.

Akinori Iwamura drove in a run with single and Carl Crawford hit a two-run single before B.J. Upton's three-run shot on a 3-2 pitch with two outs. Brian Burres (1-1) allowed six runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. He has given up 22 earned runs over 16 1-3 innings in nine career appearances against Tampa Bay.