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What you need to know about Tuesday’s Rays-Astros ALCS game

Who is pitching, where to watch and listen, and what could be ahead for Tampa Bay.
Ryan Yarbrough will start Game 3, as the Rays opted to not use an opener.
Ryan Yarbrough will start Game 3, as the Rays opted to not use an opener. [ DENIS POROY | Special to the Times ]
Published Oct. 13, 2020

AL Championship Series, Game 3

Tonight: vs. Astros

8:40, Petco Park, San Diego

TV/radio: TBS; 95.3-FM, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Rays info: 1-888-326-7297

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Ryan Yarbrough (1-4, 3.56 regular season; 0-0, 3.60 postseason) will start, as the Rays opted to not use an opener. Yarbrough worked five solid innings in Game 4 of the ALDS vs. Yankees behind an opener. Made nine starts and two relief appearance during regular season, with a 1.69 ERA over last three outings. Faced Astros three times in relief in 2019 ALDS, getting win in Game 4.

Astros: RH Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.73; 0-0, 5.19) had rough start in Game 3 of the ALDS vs. Oakland, allowing four runs on four homers in 4-1/3 innings. Worked a better 4-1/3 vs. Twins in first round. Missed Spring 2.0 and first six weeks of season due to COVID-19. Allowed two or fewer runs in each of five regular-season starts. Faced Rays once in relief in 2019 ALDS. (Pronounced urr-KEE-dee.)

Remaining ALCS schedule

Wednesday: vs. Astros, 8:40 p.m. Rays, RH Tyler Glasnow (4-1, 4.08; 2-0, 4.05); Astros, TBA

Thursday:* vs. Astros, TBA.

Friday:* vs. Astros, time TBA.

Saturday:* vs. Astros, time TBA.

*If necessary

Rays ALCS roster

Here is the 28-man roster the Rays are using:

Pitchers (14): LH Jose Alvarado, RH Nick Anderson, RH Diego Castillo, RH John Curtiss, RH Pete Fairbanks, LH Josh Fleming, RH Tyler Glasnow, LH Aaron Loup, LH Shane McClanahan, RH Charlie Morton, RH Aaron Slegers, LH Blake Snell, RH Ryan Thompson, LH Ryan Yarbrough

Catchers (2): Michael Perez, Mike Zunino

Infielders (6): Willy Adames, Mike Brosseau, Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, Joey Wendle

Outfielders (6): Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier, Manuel Margot, Austin Meadows, Hunter Renfroe, Yoshi Tsutsugo

In player pool (11): INF Vidal Brujan, INF Wander Franco-y, LH Sean Gilmartin-y, C Ronaldo Hernandez, RH Brent Honeywell Jr., INF Nate Lowe, INF/OF Brian O’Grady, OF Brett Phillips, RH Trevor Richards, LH Ryan Sherriff, C Kevan Smith.

World Series

at Arlington, Texas

Oct. 20: Rays or Astros vs. Braves or Dodgers

Oct. 21: Rays or Astros vs. Braves or Dodgers

Oct. 23: Rays or Astros vs. Braves or Dodgers

Oct. 24: Rays or Astros vs. Braves or Dodgers

Oct. 25*: Rays or Astros vs. Braves or Dodgers

Oct. 27*: Rays or Astros vs. Braves or Dodgers

Oct. 28*: Rays or Astros vs. Braves or Dodgers

*If necessary

Historical context

This is the fifth time teams have met in the League Championship Series a season after meeting in the Division Series The all AL list:

2017 ALDS Astros over Red Sox; 2018 ALCS Red Sox over Astros

2011 ALDS Tigers over Yankees; 2012 ALCS Tigers over Yankees

1997 ALDS Indians over Yankees; 1998 ALCS Yankees over Indians

1996 ALDS Orioles over Indians; 1997 ALCS Indians over Orioles

Rays postseason history

2008

ALDS: Beat White Sox 3-1

ALCS: Beat Red Sox 4-3

World Series: Lost to Phillies 4-1

2010

ALDS: Lost to Rangers 3-2

2011

ALDS: Lost to Rangers 3-1

2013

Wild-card game: Beat Indians

ALDS: Lost to Red Sox 3-1

2019

Wild-card game: Beat A’s

ALDS: Lost to Astros 3-2

2020

Wild Card Series: Beat Jays 2-0

ALDS: Beat Yankees 3-2