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

Joey Wendle crosses home plate after homering for the Rays against the Marlins on July 21, 2018. (JIM DAMASKE   |   Times)
Joey Wendle crosses home plate after homering for the Rays against the Marlins on July 21, 2018. (JIM DAMASKE | Times)
Published Jul. 22, 2018

Joey Wendle continues to impress, playing anywhere asked and hitting everywhere. Friday he joined the play-of-the-year race with an amazing glove flip to first. Saturday he was the first Ray with a decent swing off Pablo Lopez, homering in the fourth.

Give manager Kevin Cash and staff credit for being prepared. Being shorthanded and not wanting to use Matt Duffy, they told OF Carlos Gomez to take his usual batting-practice grounders at second with intent, just in case. And guess who ended up playing second.

The Rays were intrigued by the power potential of 1B/DH Ji-Man Choi when they acquired him from Milwaukee for Brad Miller, and he finally showed it with a blast — make that a clout — off the top of the batter's eye, estimated at 460 feet, in the ninth.