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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 7-1 win over Rockies

On Alvarado’s usage, Arroyo’s Giant surprise, Rockies rare visit to Trop.

• Manager Kevin Cash insisted he wasn’t naming Jose Alvarado as closer because he would be used in the highest-leverage situations, and that was evident Monday when he summoned the hard-throwing lefty in the eighth to face Colorado’s lefties, which he did. Why Alvarado was in a 7-1 game is a different question, a product of Adam Kolarek being unavailable and Cash deciding to split the final two innings so not to overly tax Alvarado or Diego Castillo, who worked the ninth.

• Christian Arroyo was happy enough just to be back in the big leagues, called up when Joey Wendle went on the injured list. Even better for Arroyo is that the Rays this weekend head to San Francisco, where he started his big-league career with the Giants after being a first-round pick. “Kind of cool,’’ Arroyo said.

• The Rockies hadn’t been to the Trop since June 2004, but manager Bud Black has been there several times, last in 2013 with San Diego. He made sure his team knew of the quirks, and he raved about some of the upgrades. “This looks as nice as I’ve seen it,’’ he said. “It’s great.’’


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