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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Twins game

Jake Bauers, right, celebrates his three-run with Rays teammate Kevin Kiermaier during the fifth inning against the Twins on July 13, 2018. (Associated Press)
Jake Bauers, right, celebrates his three-run with Rays teammate Kevin Kiermaier during the fifth inning against the Twins on July 13, 2018. (Associated Press)
Published Jul. 14, 2018

The Twins, through the first eight innings anyway, took the high road and didn't throw at Rays OF Carlos Gomez, who, in old-school versions of those unwritten rules, might've deserved it for his over-the-top walkoff homer celebration back in April.

Proving yet again how you can't predict ball, who would've expected Rays starter Nathan Eovaldi to look so bad Friday, allowing eight runs over less than three innings, after taking a perfect game into the seventh inning last time out on Sunday.

We learned one key to manager Kevin Cash's lineup juggling. When given a choice between having Joey Wendle or Daniel Robertson in leftfield, as he had Friday, he said he will take Wendle because he's faster and covers more ground.