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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 13-5 loss Sunday to Yankees

Brandon Lowe goes deep again; Charlie Morton makes no excuses; tensions rising.
The Rays' Ji-Man Choi congratulates Brandon Lowe after Lowe's three-run homer in the third inning against the Yankees on Sunday, May 19, 2019. [KATHY WILLENS   |   Associated Press]
The Rays' Ji-Man Choi congratulates Brandon Lowe after Lowe's three-run homer in the third inning against the Yankees on Sunday, May 19, 2019. [KATHY WILLENS | Associated Press]
Published May 20, 2019
Updated May 20, 2019

• With all that went wrong Sunday, rookie Brandon Lowe provided one of the few highlights, homering for the second consecutive day to give him a team-high 10. It’s clear he has his swing back after a rough stretch He’s on pace to hit 37.

• Charlie Morton’s short outing proved surprising, given how well he has pitched for the Rays, usually finding a way to navigate lineups. Morton has been sick, and he was on regular not extended rest, but he made no excuses.

• Having two batters hit, one in the head, could be cause for revenge. But the Rays didn’t seek any … yet. Not because they wouldn’t but apparently because they didn’t feel it was warranted, despite CC Sabathia’s efforts to create something between the teams.

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