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Rays to go with RHP Morton in Game 2

FILE PHOTO: Oct 7, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) pitches against the New York Yankees in the second inning during game three of the 2020 ALDS at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Charlie Morton will start Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Monday at San Diego.

Morton will take the ball against the Houston Astros in the neutral-site contest being played at Petco Park.

The Rays are set to start left-hander Blake Snell in Game 1, while the Astros were set to counter with left-hander Framber Valdez in the opener. Pitching opposite Morton in Game 2 will be Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr.

Morton, a two-time All-Star, who finished third in AL Cy Young voting in 2019, was 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA in the just-completed regular season. He did not pitch in the wild-card round against the Toronto Blue Jays, before winning his only start of the NL Division Series against the New York Yankees.

Morton pitched in Game 3 against the Yankees, also at San Diego, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits over five innings. The Rays earned an 8-4 victory.

The 36-year old is 93-89 with a 4.08 ERA over 259 career appearances, all but one of them a start. He was with the Astros for two seasons before joining the Rays. He has also pitched for the Atlanta Braves (2008), Pittsburgh Pirates (2009-15) and Philadelphia Phillies (2016).

--Field Level Media