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Rays beat Jeff Niemann in arbitration

Updated: February 3, 2012, 4:40 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A three-man panel ruled for the Tampa Bay Rays over pitcher Jeff Niemann in salary arbitration Friday, improving clubs to 2-0 in decisions this year.

Niemann will earn $2.75 million instead of his request for $3.2 million, arbitrators James Oldham, Howard Edelman and Mark Irvings decided after hearing arguments a day earlier.

Tampa Bay improved to 6-0 in arbitration.

Niemann was 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 23 starts last season, when he didn't pitch between ...

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