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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Tuesday’s Rays-Marlins game

Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough pitches to the Marlins' Brian Anderson during the first inning Tuesday night in Miami. [Associated Press]
Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough pitches to the Marlins' Brian Anderson during the first inning Tuesday night in Miami. [Associated Press]
Published Jul. 4, 2018
Updated Jul. 4, 2018

The difference in rookie LHP Ryan Yarbrough's performance when relieving (good) and starting (not so good) could mean either that the opener plan is working to his benefit, or he needs further development to succeed as a starter.

CF Kevin Kiermaier has struggled mightily at the plate, but the Rays are right in talking about how much he helps defensively. He proved that again in the fifth when he stepped in front of RF Johnny Field to catch a potential sac fly and threw a strike home to preserve a tie.

The benefit of having such an offensively potent catcher as Wilson Ramos is clear for the Rays, evidenced again Tuesday with a two-run homer in the first. That was his 12th of the season, two short of the Rays record by a backstop, 14 by John Flaherty in 1999.