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Scott, Niemann close to returning

SEATTLE -- Luke Scott (mild strain, right external oblique) and Jeff Niemann (right fibula fracture) are both close to returning to the team. Both played for Class A Charlotte of the Florida State League on Tuesday in a game at Bradenton, Fla.

Scott hit an opposite-field home run while going 2-for-4 as the Stone Crabs' DH. Niemann pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said the news on both players' progress was good.

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SEA Full Game Coverage TTLE -- Luke Scott (mild strain, right external oblique) and Jeff Niemann (right fibula fracture) are both close to returning to the team. Both played for Class A Charlotte of the Florida State League on Tuesday in a game at Bradenton, Fla.

Scott hit an opposite-field home run while going 2-for-4 as the Stone Crabs' DH. Niemann pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said the news on both players' progress was good.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.