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

On Blake Snell’s next step forward, d’Arnaud truly being happy to be here, Sabathia’s latest toward Rays.
Rays starter Blake Snell delivers in the second inning against the Yankees on Saturday, July 6, 2019. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
Rays starter Blake Snell delivers in the second inning against the Yankees on Saturday, July 6, 2019. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]
Published Jul. 7, 2019
Updated Jul. 7, 2019

• Rays starter Blake Snell took another step in the right direction. He allowed only one run in five innings against the tough Yankees lineup, albeit on his fifth-ever homer by a lefty (Brett Gardner). And he got a number of big outs when he needed them. Given how it had been going, that made Saturday pretty much a win.

• Travis d’Arnaud is open about how fortunate he feels to be with the Rays. He was released by the Mets and had a short stint with the Dodgers before the desperate-for-catching Rays worked out a deal. And he gives major thanks to hitting coach Chad Mottola, who worked wonders with him in Toronto and again with the Rays.

• Yankees lefty CC Sabathia seems to have something for the Rays, either throwing at them or throwing shade. He looked to be at it again when he hit rookie Nate Lowe in the second inning, albeit in a tight situation. But Sabathia kept looking to catch Lowe’s eye and patted his chest as if to say it was his fault..