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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 5-1 win Friday over Red Sox

Chirinos states starting case; Kiermaier shines at the plate; Cash’s advice to cope with 4 games in 3 days.
The Rays' Ji-Man Choi watches his solo home run as Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon also looks on during the second inning at Fenway Park on Friday, June 7, 2019. [ELISE AMENDOLA | Associated Press]
Published Jun. 8
Updated Jun. 8

• When Tyler Glasnow was hurt in May, the Rays were reluctant to name a replacement as the third traditional starter. But Yonny Chirinos has made an impressive case to graduate from occasionally pitching behind an opener to get that opportunity, and that even more so obvious Friday with eight shutout innings.

• Kevin Kiermaier has taken on a leadership role in the clubhouse and plays his usually tremendous game-changing defense by covering so much ground with his speed. But his contributions at the plate have been somewhat limited. Until Friday, when he rapped three hits and knocked in a season-high matching four runs.

• As taxing as playing four games in three days will be on the pitching staff as well as the position players. manager Kevin Cash was working hard to keep his Rays from thinking it would be a negative: “The goal is to win tonight’s game and we’ll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow,’’ he said before Friday’s game.

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