Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 5-2 win over Royals:
* This “dad strength” thing is proving to be a thing for catcher Mike Zunino, who was homerless in his first 14 games and 51 at-bats of the season, then went deep in back to back games after rejoining the team following the Friday night birth of son Rhett, the first child for he and Alyssa.
* We’re still not sure if there is a reason much less what it is, but the Rays continue to hit the ball really, really hard. They have been putting on quite a show thus far, going into Tuesday’s game tied with the Brewers for an MLB-most 172 balls in play with an exit velocity of at least 100 mph.
* Joey Wendle didn’t like the .000 that posted on the scoreboard, but he also didn’t let his season starting, injury-interrupted, 0-for-16 get him down. Talking before Tuesday’s game he said he didn’t feel as bad as the numbers looked, and he showed that his first time up with an RBI single.