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

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.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.