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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Twins game

Sitting around for two hours waiting through a couple of false alerts is going to be a bit frustrating, and it showed in LHP Blake Snell's shaky first inning. After an infield single he loaded the bases on two walks and had a wild pitch, but he worked his way out it.

Maybe the Rays sending Willy Adames back to Triple A will turn out to be the right move, that he'll return playing better and more focused. But if it backfires, if he gets hurt or grows a big shoulder chip, they'll have to justify that it was worth hanging on to Adeiny Hechavarria.

Good for the Rays in acting quickly to distance themselves from the public relations mess Papa John's is dealing with after founder/chairman John Schnatter acknowledged using a racial slur and resigned, though a statement from the team detailing its distaste would be appropriate.

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