Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 4-0 win over Marlins on Tuesday:
* Give the Rays players credit for not hissing and moaning, or at least not publicly anyway, about the change in routine of flying to Miami the morning of the game. The decision seemed made for the right reason, to avoid a potentially lengthy delay Monday night, and they handled it well. Winning the game helped.
* Whatever you may say about the Rays attendance issues, and we know a few people who’ve sounded off a bit, at least they’re better off than Marlins. The 6,306 announced Tuesday was their second smallest of the season (5,934 for the Mets April 2), and their average of 9,516 is well under the Rays’ current 14,540.
* Charlie Morton was amusingly self-deprecating about having to hit going into Tuesday’s contest, calling it a dis-service to the game, and noting he had been in the National League long enough to know how bad he was. He didn’t feel any better after striking out twice, calling it “embarrassing” that he had to hit when position players spend their whole lives training for that opportunity.