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Rays leave Jeff Niemann off roster

Updated: September 30, 2011, 5:02 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-handed starter Jeff Niemann has been left off Tampa Bay's 25-man playoff roster for its first-round playoff series against Texas.

Niemann (11-7, 4.06 ERA) was 0-2 against Texas this season, allowing 12 runs and four homers in 9 2/3 innings while the Rangers hit .357 against him.

Manager Joe Maddon opted to go with three catchers and seven relievers.

Maddon announced Thursday that September call-up Matt Moore will start Friday. The 22-year-old ...

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