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.