Tonight’s pitchers: Hendrickson vs. Niemann

LHP Mark Hendrickson (5-5, 4.37) tonight makes his 10th start of this season, his 5th on the road and his 4th vs. Tampa Bay.

Hendrickson pitched well, but did not get a decision Tuesday at Toronto. Over six innings, he gave up four hits and two runs, throwing 68 pitches.

Hendrickson, 2009 season:
As starter: 1-5, 5.73, nine starts
As reliever: 4-0, 3.44, 42 games

The Hendrickson-Niemann pitching matchup tonight features a pair of 6’9” hurlers.

Hendrickson pitched with Tampa from 2004-06, going 25-31, 5.05 in 74 starts.

The O’s are 3-6 in his nine starts. In 28 games, four starts on the road, he is 2-3, 3.14.

In five games, two starts in September, the lefty is 0-1, 2.77.

Hendrickson vs. Tampa:
2009: 1-1, 6.35, five games, three starts (11 1/3IP, 19H)
Career: 3-5, 5.16, 13 games, 10 starts

RHP Jeff Niemann (12-6, 3.81) tonight will make his 29th start of this year, his 11th at home and his 5th this season vs. the Orioles.

Niemann, a Rookie of the Year candidate in the AL, has allowed 9ER and 11 hits in 15 innings over his last two starts.

Right-handed batters hit .255 off him and lefties bat .266. The Rays are 16-12 when he starts.

Niemann, 2009 season:
1st half: 8-4, 3.73, 16 starts
2nd half: 4-2, 3.90, 12 starts

The 26-year-old Niemann was drafted in round one, 4th overall, in 2004. In ten home starts, he is 5-2, 2.63.

Most wins by a Tampa rookie pitcher:
*Rolando Arrojo, 14-12, 1998
*Jeff Niemann, 12-6, 2009
*Scott Kazmir, 10-9, 2005

Niemann vs. Baltimore:
2009: 2-2, 6.14, four starts (22IP, 32H, 9B, 16K)
Career: 4-2, 5.34, six games, five starts

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