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John Romano’s takeaways from Rays’ 10-2 loss to Royals

"Who’s on first?” takes on new meaning with Tampa Bay.

• Filling in as an emergency replacement Wednesday, Michael Perez joined Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe and Ji-Man Choi as “first basemen’’ in 2019. I say “first basemen’’ because they are, in order, a catcher, a third baseman, a second baseman and a designated hitter. Maybe they will improve defensively, but Nate Lowe’s promotion from Triple-A Durham might end up being sooner than we expected.

• Reliever Chaz Roe’s struggles continued, and you have to wonder whether Emilio Pagan will start getting some of Roe’s innings when the Rays have a late lead. Since coming up from Durham, Pagan has pitched six no-hit innings. He has retired 18 of the 19 batters he has faced.

• The sophomore slump seemed alive and well Wednesday. Joey Wendle, who finished fourth in the AL rookie of the rear voting in 2018, was headed to the injured list for the second time this month. Ryan Yarbrough, who finished fifth, was sent to Durham. And fellow 2018 rookie Willy Adames saw his batting average drop to .217.