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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.

Report: Rays sign Brandon Lowe to six-year, $24 million contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.

Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.

MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.