Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 3-1 win over Blue Jays:
* We’ve heard all kinds of reasons and excuses, some valid, from people about why they don’t come or why they think others don’t come to Rays games. But there is no excuse for the embarrassment of Tuesday, with the lowest crowd in franchise history, an announced 5,786.
* Losing Tyler Glasnow, as well as he had been pitching, definitely was a blow for the Rays. But, to this point anyway, they have done a pretty impressive job covering for his absence, going 10-5 since he walked off the mound May 10 with a forearm strain. Tuesday was the seventh straight game they allowed three or fewer runs, and 35th in 52 games.
* All-Star balloting started Tuesday While several Rays are worthy of consideration for starting spots, beginning with outfielder Austin Meadows, they will face the usual long odds of trying to win a popular vote. It’s not impossible, but it’s hard to beat out the big-city stars.