Niemann surprised by quick hook
Rays starter Jeff Niemann said he was surprised and seemed clearly unhappy about being pulled in the third inning of Sunday's game.
Niemann allowed five runs on five hits (including two home runs) to that point when manager Joe Maddon felt 46 pitches were enough, saying he though Niemann's mechanics were off.
Niemann did not agree.
"I felt great out there,'' Niemann said. "A few balls were mistakes they hit, a few good pitches they hit. That's kind of what it was today. I felt great today. Everything was sharp. I had good life on the fastball. The first inning, one first-pitch home run and one I left over the plate they got. Really looking at it, I felt like we were throwing the ball well. Minus those two walks in a row, whatever. Weren't really out there long enough to get a true feel for it.''