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|Niemann suffered a bruised right ankle and was taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays.
“The first pitch was a good pitch (called strike) and the second pitch was in there even more than the first one,” Weaver said. “He was able to get his hands in somehow and drive it into right field.”
Returning to the scene of his three-homer night in last year’s World Series did not prove much of a cure for what is ailing Albert Pujols. He got his first walk since last month on Saturday and drove in a run in a 1-for-5 showing Sunday, but his average remains below .200 and he’s still stuck on one homer.
Pujols finished the series with two singles in 12 at-bats, dropping his average to .196 goyard bowler bags, and he has only two extra-base hits in his past 21 games.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon came out to look at his hurler, and, after a meeting on the mound which included home-plate umpire CB Bucknor goyard bowler bags, Niemann walked off the field. He was replaced by left-hander Cesar Ramos.
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With two on and first base open, you might think that Weaver would have intentionally walked Josh Hamilton kobe bryant jersey, who came into Sunday off a week for the ages with nine homers in six games. But on the Rangers, four-fingering Hamilton might not be as automatic, even in obvious situations.
Rays starter Jeff Niemann was forced to leave Monday night's game against the Blue Jays after getting hit on the right ankle by an Adam Lind comebacker in the first inning.
“What are you going to do? Load the bases to get to Adrian Beltre,” Weaver said. “These guys have power up and down the lineup. There’s no chance to breathe.”
Weaver already had retired Hamilton in his first two at-bats, but the Rangers slugger made him pay the next time with a two-run double that had Weaver admitting an intentional walk would have been “the smart play.” Still, his plan was to get Hamilton to swing at a pitch outside of the strike zone and Weaver thought he did.