Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Friday’s 4-3 loss to Yankees:
* Amid the flurry of activity, Anthony Bemboom deserved a chance to smile. At 29 years old, and after spending seven plus years in the minors, and then waiting through a frustrating flight delay, he finally reached the majors. Even if it turns out to be a short stay, at least he can say he made it.
* The Rays have seen Brandon Lowe hot, when he times up his body and his swing and it looks like he can hit anything thrown his way, and hard. And now they’ve seen him the opposite, a streak of eight consecutive trips to the plate that ended with a strikeout tying the team record set in 2006 by Tomas Perez.
* With all the time, thought and money the Rays invested in assembling roster depth, the area that seemed glaringly bare was at catcher, where they didn’t have an experienced option stashed at Triple-A. That bit them with injuries to Mike Zunino and Michael Perez, but trading for Travis d’Arnaud should help.