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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.


  1. Finishing at, or near, the bottom of MLB in attendance isn't even the biggest problem for the Rays. It's the huge gap between where the Rays are in attendance compared to the average team. Tampa Bay is roughly 92 percent below just an average MLB crowd. [Times files (2017)]
  2. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher D.J. Snelten during the start of spring training in Port Charlotte, Florida on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
  3. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell signs autographs for fans during spring baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Port Charlotte, Fla.
  4. Tampa-based sports agent B.B. Abbott, left, successfully climbs Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for pediatric cancer charities. He is pictured with friends Dustin Bertram, middle, and Pete Hendricks, who made the climb with him.
  5. Houston Astros outfielder Myles Straw points to the baseball he signed for Noah Jackson, 9, during FanFest at Minute Maid Park on Jan. 18, 2020, in Houston.
  6. Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Joey Wendle (18) looks from the dugout after losing 6-1 to the Houston Astros after winning Game 5 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Houston.
  7. Tampa Bay Rays fans welcome players during introductions just prior the Rays game against the Houston Astros for Game 3 of the American League Division Series Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  8. He was the best player on some pretty bad Tampa Bay teams from 2001-06 before being dealt to Houston in the Ben Zobrist trade, but in his book "Baseball Junkie," Aubrey Huff has admitted he was not a particularly likable character.
  9. Tropicana Field saw big crowds again during Game 4 of the American League Division Series (ALDS) between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  10. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg addressing media at spring training on Wednesday.
  11. A life-sized statue of Hall of Famer Ty Cobb has been gifted to Lakeland’s Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers.
  12. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge doesn't hold back as he talks about the Astros' cheating scandal on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tampa.