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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.

Chris Paddack loses no-hit bid in eighth inning vs. Marlins

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Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.


Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.

The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.

Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.

Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.