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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Yankees game

A lively crowd again, the downside of defensive shifts, Jake Faria’s mini-makeover.
The Rays' Tommy Pham races toward Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez to score on a double by Avisail Garcia during the first inning Thursday, July 4, 2019. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
The Rays' Tommy Pham races toward Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez to score on a double by Avisail Garcia during the first inning Thursday, July 4, 2019. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
Published Jul. 5, 2019|Updated Jul. 5, 2019

• The allegiances were split, as they usually are whenever the Yankees come to town, but the crowd of 21,974 was lively, continuing what had been a temporary “new normal” after the $2 ticket boosted crowds versus the Orioles.

• The Rays always believe that there is more benefit to their defensive shifts than negatives, that they take away more than they give. But the shifts also put them in bad positions to make some plays.

• Jake Faria got a bit of a makeover at Triple-A Durham, shifted to a relief role that has him pitching in different situations and shorter bursts. That has made his stuff play better, and he looked it Thursday, striking out three in an inning.