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Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Rays-Twins

–Yonny Chirinos may be the Rays fourth starter, but it seems to be in name only. He was lifted after pitching 4 2/3 innings against the Twin on Sunday, the shortest start of his career and his second-shortest appearance.  "Going into the game, I had a pretty good inclination we were going to get him two times through (the lineup)," manager Kevin Cash said.

–Late-inning relief is a problem. Let's assume Alex Colome is straightened out. The Rays don't have a go-to set up man as Sergio Romo has failed twice now to hold a lead.

–The Rays may want to move Carlos Gomez to centerfield. He's played it before, and with Kevin Kiermaier out for 8-12 weeks, it seems like the defense would be better than with Mallex Smith there.

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