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Astros Look To Justin Verlander Tonight To Keep Season Alive In ALCS Game 6

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Game 6 of the ALCS is tonight at 8 PM ET, and the Houston Astros hand the ball to Justin Verlander as they face elimination.

The New York Yankees are currently up 3-2 in the series after winning three straight games at home. Facing Verlander in Houston though, their work is surely cut out for them.

Verlander was traded to the Astros on August 31- literally seconds to spare before the waiver deadline- for games just like this one.

In Game 2, Verlander tossed a gem against New York, going the distance and striking out 13 Yankees in Houston’s 2-1 walkoff win.

Needless to say, the Astros are counting on him for similar success tonight- especially with the way Houston’s offense has struggled in the series (nine total runs, no more than five hits in any game).

Here are the starting lineups:

NEW YORK YANKEES
1- B. Gardner, LF
2- A. Judge, RF
3- D. Gregorius, SS
4- G. Sanchez, C
5- G. Bird, 1B
6- S. Castro, 2B
7- A. Hicks, CF
8- T. Frazier, 3B
9- C. Headley, DH

HOUSTON ASTROS
1- G. Springer, CF
2- J. Reddick, RF
3- J. Altuve, 2B
4- C. Correa, SS
5- Y. Gurriel, 1B
6- A. Bregman, 3B
7- M. Gonzalez, LF
8- E. Gattis, DH
9- B. McCann, C

Luis Severino will get the ball for the Yankees opposing Verlander in a Game 2 starting pitching rematch. Severino went four innings that night allowing one run on two hits without striking out a batter.

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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Cavan Biggio

The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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Drew Storen

The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Neil Ramirez

Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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