Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 6-3 win over Royals

On Yandy Diaz’s homer power, Chaz Roe’s struggles, back-to-reality small crowds.
Tommy Pham had that look as the Rays trailed early. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Tommy Pham had that look as the Rays trailed early. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published April 23

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 6-3 Monday win over Royals:

* The rap on Yandy Diaz with the Indians was that he hit the ball hard but he couldn’t him homers, proved out as he knocked only one in 265 at-bats over two seasons. The Rays didn’t think he needed to do much different, and that’s showed as Monday he hit his sixth homer of the season, and in his 77th at-bat.

* The narrative this spring was how different it was for Chaz Roe to know he had a job and to be able to relax and better prepare for the season. But so far that hasn’t worked out too well, as over 6 2/3 innings he has allowed seven hits and six walks, and hasn’t been able to get the big outs they need.

* The weekend crowds that were more-or-less half Red Sox fans were fun, bringing some life and energy to Tropicana Field, especially with all fans in the lower bowl and party deck. Monday was a return to reality, with an announced 9,914 and not even close to that many there.

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