Outfielder Kiermaier back in lineup for Rays in ALCS Game 7

Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier celebrates his game-winning single off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Anthony Bass during the 10th inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Rays' Manuel Margot scored on the hit. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

SAN DIEGO — Three-time Gold Glove Award-winning centre fielder Kevin Kiermaier was back in the lineup for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Houston Astros for Game 7 of the AL Championship Series on Saturday night.

Kiermaier wasn’t in the starting lineup for three straight games after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch in Game 3, which the Rays won 5-2 to take a 3-0 lead.

Kiermaier pinch-ran and remained in the game in centre field in Game 5.

The Astros won three straight games to tie the series at 3 and force the deciding Game 7.

Houston, in the ALCS for the fourth straight year, is trying to join the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only teams to win a seven-game series after being trailing 3-0.

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