HOUSTON Astros ace Justin Verlander says he will donate his weekly paycheck during the coronavirus shutdown to organizations that are helping with relief efforts.Verlander and wife Kate Upton made the announcement Saturday in an Instagram post. The couple said it would ...
Apr 5, 2020
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - As Justin Verlander approaches his 37th birthday, Houston's ace evolves to maintain the skills that allowed him to win his second Cy Young Award last season, eight years after he won the first one.Verlander, who ...
Feb 20, 2020
NEW YORK - Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has been awarded his second AL Cy Young Award.Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time). Verlander got 17 first- ...
Nov 14, 2019
HOUSTON - Justin Verlander will follow Gerrit Cole and start Game Two of the World Series for Houston against Washington on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).Zack Greinke will start for the Astros on Friday when the Series resumes at Nationals Park."Greinke gets ...
Oct 22, 2019
NOW this is a serious World Series throw-down.Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke vs. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin - all of them All-Star starters, still pitching at their peak.It's a mound meeting that ...
Oct 21, 2019
NEW YORK - DJ LeMahieu drove Justin Verlander's second pitch over the wall, then Aaron Hicks sent the fans at Yankee Stadium into a frenzy with a three-run homer off the foul pole later in the first inning.And just ...
Oct 19, 2019
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - Willy Adames homered and made a sensational relay throw from shortstop, Tommy Pham also went deep and the Tampa Bay Rays chased Justin Verlander early in beating the Houston Astros, 4-1, on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time) to ...
Oct 9, 2019
HOUSTON - Asked what went wrong for his Tampa Bay Rays, manager Kevin Cash invented a word."We got Verlandered," Cash said.Justin Verlander looked every bit the October ace, Jose Altuve polished his postseason resume and the Houston Astros kept rolling, beating ...
Oct 5, 2019
TORONTO - Justin Verlander took the mound for the ninth inning, fully aware of the no-hitters he finished - and his near misses, too.Zeroed in, he wouldn't be denied this time.Verlander pitched his third career no-hitter, punctuating a ...
Sep 2, 2019
CLEVELAND - For one night, the pitchers took back the power.Hours after an awesome Home Run Derby got everyone buzzing even louder about monster shots and juiced balls, only a couple flew out of Progressive Field in the All-Star Game.Instead, ...
Jul 10, 2019
OAKLAND, California - Once they got behind closed doors in the clubhouse, the Houston Astros showered Justin Verlander with champagne.No, it wasn't for helping them avoid a sweep at the Coliseum. But that was a nice benefit, too.Verlander pitched ...
Aug 20, 2018
ANAHEIM, California - Justin Verlander pitched a five-hitter for his first shutout in three years and Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels, 2-0, on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time).Verlander (5- ...
May 17, 2018
ARLINGTON, Texas - George Springer got this season started for the Houston Astros the same way as last year, when they went on to become first-time World Series champions.And this time, they had Justin Verlander for opening day.Springer, the World ...
Mar 30, 2018
LOS ANGELES - Lance McCullers Jr. headed into Game 6 of the World Series not knowing whether he would be attempting to close out a championship on Tuesday night or starting Game 7 on Wednesday.Several hours later, McCullers learned he will be ...
Nov 1, 2017
LOS ANGELES - Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases, taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself. Of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers forced the Houston Astros to ...
Nov 1, 2017
LOS ANGELES - At this rate, Justin Verlander might very well hit his first home run for real.A classically poor-hitting pitcher, the Houston ace knocked one over the wall last week at Dodger Stadium in batting practice. Maybe that bolstered his ...
Oct 31, 2017
HOUSTON - Justin Verlander stayed perfect with the Houston Astros when they couldn't afford anything else.The ace right-hander pitched seven shutout innings and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs in a 7-1 victory over the New ...
Oct 21, 2017
HOUSTON - Justin Verlander agreed to that last-second trade to the Houston Astros with hopes of another World Series, and has since won all eight games he has pitched.Eight is not enough. The Astros have to win Verlander's ninth ...
Oct 20, 2017
BOSTON - Justin Verlander came out of the bullpen for the first time in his career, beating Chris Sale in an aces-turned-relievers role reversal on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) and the Houston Astros advanced to their first AL Championship Series by ...
Oct 10, 2017
HOUSTON - Jose Altuve had just arrived in the Astros dugout after launching his third home run of the game when George Springer grabbed his right biceps and examined it, as if searching for an explanation for his teammate's extraordinary pop." ...
Oct 6, 2017
HOUSTON - The Houston Astros will start Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).Manager A.J. Hinch announced the decision on Tuesday, adding that left-hander ...
Oct 4, 2017
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