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Jon Niese pitched in a simulated game Tuesday night in St. Lucie. He went five innings and threw 76 pitches, 49 for strikes.

Niese is tentatively scheduled to make his first regular-season start Sunday, April 6.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will likely fill in in the event he's not ready to be activated from the disabled list.

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