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Tampa Bay Rays-Houston Astros set for 7:07 p.m. start for ALDS Game 4 on Tuesday

With Yankees sweeping Twins, Rays and Astros get the prime-time slot for their game from Tropicana Field.,
Manager Kevin Cash looks out from the Rays dugout while his team takes on the Astros during Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Manager Kevin Cash looks out from the Rays dugout while his team takes on the Astros during Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. [DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Oct. 8, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays and Astros will play in prime time on Tuesday, with a 7:07 p.m. start at Tropicana Field.

With the Yankees beating the Twins 5-1 on Monday night to complete a three-game sweep, Game 4 of the Rays-Astros series will be the only playoff game of the day, as the NL series are both on a travel day.

The Rays extended the series to a fourth game with an eventful 10-3 on Monday, hitting a team postseason record four homers (Kevin Kiermaier, Ji-Man Choi, Brandon Lowe, Willy Adames) and getting five innings from veteran playoffs standout Charlie Morton before handing it over to the bullpen.

Their reward in Game 4 is getting to face Astros ace Justin Verlander, who shut them down and shut them out over seven innings in the opener Friday. He will be making his first career start on three days’ rest, well, his first except for a one-inning outing in a game that got rained out. The Rays will start reliever Diego Castillo in what is set up as a bullpen day.

Had the Twins won and forced a Game 4 in Minneapolis, they would have gotten the later slot and he Rays and Astros would have played at 4:15.


  1. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell, who is battling back from injury, warms up on the field with Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder (on left) watching his progress during a player workout at Tropicana Field on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Nick Anderson (70) likes to live for the day, as evidenced by his lack of spring training or season accommodations before arriving in Port Charlotte. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  3. In this August 2019 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster Rich Hollenberg, left, leans in along with guest Dante Bichette, center, as fellow broadcaster Orestes Destrade, right, takes a selfie of them together during the Fox Sports Sun pregame show before the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. DIRK SHADD   |   Times [DIRK SHADD   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Charlotte Stone Crabs shortstop Wander Franco (1) practices his swing in the dugout during the game against Clearwater Threshers on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Clearwater.  ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
 [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  5. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow, shown earlier in camp, has been working on tweaking his delivery. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  6. Wander Franco throws to first during the spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Thursday. [WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Tampa Bay Rays]
  7. Wander Franco taking ground balls before his first big-league spring game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, with Willy Adames behind him. [MARC TOPKIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  8. Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez (63) throws after reporting for spring training baseball camp Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) [JOHN BAZEMORE  |  AP]
  9. Tim Tebow, playing then for the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League, has a laugh while answering questions during a news conference at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Aug. 10, 2017. [Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Jose Alvarado retires only one of the five batters he faces in his spring debut Wednesday. [MARC TOPKIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  11. Joan Steinbrenner threw out the first pitch to Yankees catcher Jorge Posada in 2008 when Legends Field was renamed in honor of her husband George. Mr. Steinbrenner passed away two years later, and Mrs. Steinbrenner died in 2018. [Times]
  12. Wander Franco  is slated to play in his first big-league exhibition games, coming off the bench on Thursday in Port Charlotte, then starting Friday in West Palm Beach against the Nationals. [ALLIE GOULDING  |  Tampa Bay Times]