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Joey Knight’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Orioles game

The batting-order demotion (to sixth) hasn't helped Kevin Kiermaier, whose plate struggles are becoming painful to watch. The Gold Glove center­fielder was hitless in his four at-bats Thursday against the Orioles, extending his latest swoon to 1-for-22.

For a team that plays more one-run games than anyone, the Rays still seem periodically reckless on the basepaths. Mallex Smith, on first when Matt Duffy roped a two-out double to right-center, was waved home, where he was met by Jonathan Villar's relay throw from second.

For the second consecutive game, long reliever extraordinaire Yonny Chirinos shined. After allowing only one run in five innings Saturday against the White Sox, Chirinos virtually replicated that effort, surrendering a run on three hits in five innings Thursday.

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