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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

RHP Nathan Eovaldi said before his rough start Wednesday against the Astros that he was pitching better than his numbers showed. Well … In four starts since his six no-hit innings debut, he's 0-3 with a 6.17 ERA, allowing eight homers, four Wednesday.

As certain as CF Kevin Kiermaier was that he was ready to come back after just five rehab games, his 0-for-9 start shows otherwise, especially with not much hard contact. However, he has looked in fine form running balls down in the gaps.

1B Jake Bauers is known for his oh-so-sweet swing and silky smooth glove, but he also has impressed with his hustle, speed and aggressive baserunning since coming up, evidenced Wednesday when he stretched a single to two bases.

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