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Rodney Page’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Royals game

three takeaways
Kevin Kiermaier dives back to second base on a pitch out as he is tagged out by Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Aug. 20, 2018. Kiermaier was initially called safe but the play was reviewed and overturned. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times)
Kevin Kiermaier dives back to second base on a pitch out as he is tagged out by Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Aug. 20, 2018. Kiermaier was initially called safe but the play was reviewed and overturned. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published Aug. 21, 2018

Replay played a big role in the game. The Rays got their run in the second when an out call at first was overturned. Then in the fourth, Kevin Kiermaier was picked off second with no outs after a replay showed his hand came off the base.

Ryan Yarbrough was clutch in his stint as the long reliever. He got a big strikeout of Brett Phillips in the second to end a threat. After putting two runners on to start the fourth, he got three straight strikeouts to end the inning. He got the Rays to the eighth without allowing a run.

It doesn't matter who the Rays are playing, be it the league-leading Red Sox or the 87-loss Royals, they are going to play them close. They have played 51 one-run games, so don't plan on leaving early.