Astros will start Justin Verlander on short rest in ALDS Game 4

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The Rays kept their playoff hopes alive by shellacking the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS by a 10-3 margin. It’s still an uphill battle for the Rays but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the Astros will start Justin Verlander in Game 4. Verlander started Game 1, so he’ll be on three days’ rest. The veteran right-hander was terrific against the Rays, holding them scoreless on one hit and three walks with eight strikeouts over eight innings.

MLB.com’s Juan Toribio reports the Rays will go with a bullpen day, starting reliever Diego Castillo. Castillo could go more than one inning, something he did in 15 of his 65 relief appearances during the regular season.

If the Rays are able to overcome Verlander, they will almost certainly have to face Gerrit Cole in a decisive Game 5.