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

Who is pitching, where to watch and listen, and what could be ahead for Tampa Bay.
Charlie Morton worked five shutout innings in the Rays' Game 2 win over the Astros after beating the Yankees in Game 3 of the division series.
Charlie Morton worked five shutout innings in the Rays' Game 2 win over the Astros after beating the Yankees in Game 3 of the division series. [ DENIS POROY | Special to the Times ]
Published Oct. 17, 2020

AL Championship Series, Game 7

Tonight: vs. Astros

8:37, Petco Park, San Diego

TV/radio: TBS; 95.3-FM, 620-AM, 1470-AM/96.1 FM (Spanish)

Rays info: 1-888-326-7297

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.74 regular season; 2-0, 0.90 postseason). Improved career postseason mark to 6-2, 3.16 by working five shutout innings in Game 2 win over Astros after beating Yankees in ALDS Game 3. Was 1-1, 4.22 in five starts after a three-week-plus injured-list stint due to shoulder muscle inflammation. Played for Astros in 2017-18.

Astros: RH Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 3.93; 0-1, 4.09). Tampa native, making 14th career postseason appearance, pitched seven strong innings in Game 2 loss. Much better outing than vs. A’s in ALDS opener, allowing five runs in four innings. Had had solid season in return from Tommy John surgery, going 1-1, 1.52 over last five starts with 31 strikeouts in 23-2/3 innings.

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

Tuesday: Rays or Astros vs. Braves or Dodgers

Wednesday: 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

Win or go home

The Rays have played seven win-or-go-home games. The list:

2008 ALCS Game 7 vs. Red Sox Won 3-1

2010 ALDS Game 5 vs. Rangers Lost 5-1

2013 AL tiebreaker at Rangers Won 5-2

2013 AL Wild Card game at Indians Won 4-0

2019 AL Wild Card game at A’s Won 5-1

2019 ALDS Game 5 at Astros Lost 6-1

2020 ALDS Game 5 vs. Yankees Won 2-1

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