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Takeaways from the Tampa Bay Rays’ 4-0 win over the Yankees

Marc Topkin’s takeaways: Ji-Man Choi throws around the leather; more lineup changes; Diego Castillo’s turnaround continues.
 
Rays manager Kevin Cash works on the lineup card before his team takes on the Yankees on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at the Trop.
Rays manager Kevin Cash works on the lineup card before his team takes on the Yankees on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at the Trop. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Sept. 26, 2019|Updated Sept. 26, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — A few more things worth remembering from the Rays’ regular-season home finale:

Ji-Man Choi has been a hot topic because of his bat, but his defense at first is what has kept him in the lineup. That showed again Wednesday, making an awkward but important catch of a bounced throw to complete a third-inning double play.

Manager Kevin Cash wisely says the players don’t need to do anything different despite the importance of the games, but some lineup decisions reflect the urgency. Struggling Kevin Kiermaier was out one day last week, and Tommy Pham was on Wednesday.

Lost a bit in the performance of the in-season additions to the bullpen has been the turnaround by Diego Castillo. After a rough midseason stretch, he has re-emerged as an effective weapon, on Wednesday logging his 10th scoreless appearance in his past 11.