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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ 8-3 loss to Orioles

On Kiermaier’s wall-to-wall hustle, Castillo’s opening act, Pham’s interesting day,.
Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier inspects his sunglasses in the dugout before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) [NICK WASS | AP]
Published Aug. 26
Updated Aug. 26

BALTIMORE — Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ 8-3 loss to Orioles on Sunday:

* He ended up out of the game with a ribcage that will be sore for days, but applaud Kevin Kiermaier’s hustle and effort in trying to make a leaping catch at the wall even with the Rays down, saying he wanted to do anything he could to keep the score close in case they came back.

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* The three straight singles added up to a first-inning run, but Diego Castillo gave the Rays a solid two innings in his fifth turn as the opener, most importantly throwing 25 of his 32 pitches for strikes, which has been an issue. He’d be more valuable in late innings, but at least he’s helping.

* Tommy Pham made things, shall we say, interesting a couple times on Sunday. He unexpectedly dropped down a bunt after Eric Sogard led off with a double, with Sogard getting thrown out. Then in fifth Pham got hung up between second and third on a shallow fly, but ultimately was safe.

Contact Marc Topkin at mtopkin@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Rays

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