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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 1-0 win over Tigers

Yarbrough makes most of opportunity; it’s two-way McKay a different way; in search of offensive consistency
Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough pitches during the first inning against the Tigers on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published Aug. 18
Updated Aug. 18

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 1-0 win over Tigers:

• With all the Rays have lost with injuries to starters Tyler Glasnow, Blake Snell and Yonny Chirinos, they have gained the chance to see how good Ryan Yarbrough can be. He has taken full advantage of pitching without an opener and should get to keep doing so.

• Manager Kevin Cash had avoided any temptation to take advantage of Brendan McKay’s two-way abilities, except for the one DH start he got in his first callup. But Saturday might have been the start of something; Cash used him as a pinch-runner in the seventh for DH Jesus Aguilar and said he would have stayed in to hit had the Tigers had a righty on the mound.

• The Rays have shown how good they can be offensively in spurts. And they continue to remind how bad they can be in stretches that go on longer than they’d like. The key to making it to the playoffs is going to be flattening out those spikes and drops. The Rays have to be more consistent.

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