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

Adames errors no cause for concern; Yarbrough remains strong; Cash juggles order again.
Austin Meadows, who was placed second in the Rays' batting order, watches his solo home run off Orioles starter Asher Wojciechowski during the third inning Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. [JULIO CORTEZ   |   Associated Press] [JULIO CORTEZ  |  AP]
Austin Meadows, who was placed second in the Rays' batting order, watches his solo home run off Orioles starter Asher Wojciechowski during the third inning Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. [JULIO CORTEZ | Associated Press] [JULIO CORTEZ | AP]
Published Aug. 23, 2019

• The errors shortstop Willy Adames made on the first two plays Thursday were surprising because he has played so well defensively. But both were just rushed throws, one on a relay home, so nothing to be too concerned about.

• The Rays raved not just about the great results Ryan Yarbrough had been getting but how well he was pitching in doing so. He showed that again Thursday, allowing two early runs, then settling into a groove, retiring 11 straight.

• Manager Kevin Cash continues to search for ways to juice his lineup, trying yet another combination at the top of the order against the Orioles, with Eric Sogard leading off, Austin Meadows second, Tommy Pham third and Ji-Man Choi fourth.

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