Unofficial final lines ...
Niemann: 6 innings, 9 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 5 Ks
Hammel: 6 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 3 Ks
Joe Smith of the St. Pete Times is here and had Upton 4-for-12 with a home run in his multi-game travels (homer off Andy Sonnanstine in the Class A game).
Triple 6th: F-7, Kc, 3-1, K. Heck, they're all done. Game over, 4-4 tie.
Double 6th: 1b, Rhyne Hughes HR, 4-3, 1b, RBI 2b, inning called to end. Niemann 89 and 58 and appears done.
Triple 5th: 4-3, 3-1, 4-3. Hammel 77 and 48.
Double 5th: F-6, 1b, 6-3, wild pitch, 4-3. Niemann unofficially 76 and 50.
Triple 4th: F-7, groundout, 1b, F-7. Hammel 59 and 38.
Double-A 4th: F-9, P-4, F-9. Niemann 62 and 40.
Triple 3rd: F-9, 4-3, HR by Reid Brignac, U-3. Hammel: 42 and 29.
Double 3rd: FO-3, 1b, 1b, RBI 2b by Upton, Kc, BB, 1-3. Niemann: 52 and 34.
Triple 2nd: BB, 1b, Upton two-run 2b, F-7, F-8 sac, Kc. Hammel unofficially: 33 pitches, 22 strikes. (And Upton is also taking at-bats in the Class A game on a neighboring field.)
Double-A 2nd: Hughes 1b, Kc, Kc, Upton FC 6-4. Niemann's unofficial total: 26 pitches, 17 strikes.
Triple-A bottom 1st: Hammel perfect, 10 pitches, 7 strikes. FO-5, 4-3, 1-3 on Upton.
Double-A top 1st: Niemann perfect inning, 10 pitches, 7 strikes. K, F-8, Kc of B.J. Upton.
8:56: Niemann starting for Triple-A. Hammel for Double-A and faces more-accomplished hitters.
8:50 CDT: Surprising news, the Rockies have a scout here.
Minor-league camp breaks after an intrasquad game this morning. Major-league pitchers Jason Hammel and Jeff Niemann are throwing today and one will be Tampa Bay's No. 5 starter. The other likely won't be in the organization, with Hammel possibly traded to the Colorado Rockies.
Those two needing their work and the usual minor-league spring getaway procedures conflict. Today usually isn't a day for studious pitch selection. Last year, one pitch bounced well in front of home plate, the umpire called it a strike, everyone laughed and the batter smiled but never said a word.
The major-league roster deadline is 2 p.m. CDT.