Astros line up Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton for ALCS Games 3 and 4

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1 Comment’s Brian McTaggart reports that the Astros have tabbed Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Marton for Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS, respectively. That comes as no surprise but is in stark contrast to the Red Sox, who have not announced their upcoming starters, presumably because all hands will be on deck for Game 2.

Keuchel, 30, made his only postseason start thus far in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians. He lasted five innings, yielding a pair of runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Keuchel had a rough regular season, posting the lowest strikeout rate of his career at 17.5 percent. He had been at 20.5 percent or higher in his previous three seasons.

Morton, 34, has continued a career reinaissance. He posted career-bests with 15 wins and a 3.13 ERA across 30 starts during the regular season. Game 4 will mark his first start of the 2018 postseason.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.