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Niemann solid; Rays blank Royals

Jeff Niemann whiffed nine batters in a two-hit complete-game shutout Wednesday, as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-0 at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay won the game as -145 favorites, while the nine runs pushed the posted over/under (9).

Ben Zobrist led the Rays bats with a grand slam home run. B.J. Upton hit a two-run double in the win.

Brian Bannister was pounded for nine hits and eight runs in just 3 2-3 innings on the hill.