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Verlander tasked with saving Astros' season

HOUSTON -- From the moment he waived his no-trade clause and accepted relocation to Houston, Astros right-hander Justin Verlander was deemed a franchise savior, an ace capable of leading his new club to the promised land of its first World Series championship.

On Friday night at Minute Maid Park, the Astros will hand Verlander the ball with their postseason lives hanging in the balance. Following three consecutive road losses to the New York Yankees, the Astros return home for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on the brink of elimination and with Verlander standing in the gap.

This seemed an unlikely scenario when Verlander delivered a complete-game gem in Game 2 last Saturday, allowing one run on five hits and one walk with 13 strikeouts in a tense 2-1 victory. Yet now, with its offense scuffling, Houston needs Verlander to be great once more.

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Leaders
AVG: D. Gregorius.287
HR: A. Judge52
RBI: A. Judge114
SB: B. Gardner23
W: C. Sabathia14
ERA: L. Severino2.98
Saves: A. Chapman22
K: L. Severino230
AL East
TeamWLPctGB
X-Boston 9369.574-
Y-NY Yankees 9171.5622
Tampa Bay 8082.49413
Toronto 7686.46917
Baltimore 7587.46318
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .262 (7)
Runs: 858 (2)
Hits: 1463 (7)
Home Runs: 241 (1)
Stolen Bases: 90 (12)
OBP: .339 (3)
SLG: .447 (4)
Total Bases: 2498 (2)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.72 (5)
Runs Allowed: 660 (4)
Saves: 36 (18)
Strikeouts: 1560 (4)
OpBA: .228 (1)
OBP: .298 (3)
SLG: .382 (3)
Run Support: 5.33 (2)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
10/13 J. Choi Refused Minor League Assignment - Free Agent
10/2 G. Cooper Called Up from Minors
10/2 R. Herrera Called Up from Minors
10/2 K. Higashioka Called Up from Minors
10/1 C. Smith Removed From 10-Day DL (Viral infection)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/14 C. Smith off 10-day DL
9/3 A. Hicks off 10-day DL
9/3 A. Warren off 10-day DL
8/17 G. Cooper off 10-day DL
8/15 L. Cessa Ribcage injury (on 60-day DL)
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