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Jays' Romero leaves with tight groin in win

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DUNEDIN, FLA. (AP)

Ricky Romero pitched four hitless innings before leaving with a tight left groin, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa bay Rays 5-0 Friday.

Jeff Niemann, in the three-way scramble for one of the last two spots in Tampa Bay's rotation, gave up four runs in 3 1-3 innings. Niemann had allowed just two hits and no runs over five innings in two previous starts, but he gave up eight hits this time, including a pair of RBI singles to J.P. Arencibia.

Romero struck out four. Travis Snider hit his fourth spring home run, off Jhonny Nunez in the sixth inning.

Brandon Guyer bunted leading off the sixth against Chad Jenkins and Chris Gimenez followed with a single for the Rays' only hits.

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