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Justin Verlander Continues Elimination Game Dominance, Astros Force Game 7 Vs Yankees

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Two of the most dramatic words in sports.

Game seven.

With a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees last night in Game 6, the Houston Astros have forced a seventh game in this season’s ALCS, set for tonight at 8 PM ET.

Justin Verlander gave the Astros just what they needed with seven scoreless frames to improve his playoff record this year to 4-0 (four starts) with an 0.56 ERA (4 ER, 24 2/3 IP), and a 2-0 record in the ALCS with a 0.56 ERA.

The flamethrowing right-hander has now pitched 24 consecutive scoreless innings in postseason elimination games, and is now 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in such starts.

Talk about loving the big moment!

Houston had a 3-1 lead entering the bottom of the eighth, and broke it open with four runs (all off David Robertson) to give themselves plenty of insurance entering the ninth.

It was Robertson’s worst outing of his career:

New York’s lone run came on an Aaron Judge blast in the top of the eighth off Brad Peacock. It was Judge’s third homer of the series and fourth total of the playoffs.

Jose Altuve, who homered in the eighth inning last night, made no joke how he feels about Verlander:

Game 6 was scoreless entering the bottom of the fifth before Houston touched Yankees starter Luis Severino for three runs (got taken out after Altuve two-run single with two outs).

With a win tonight, the Astros could pull off something that hasn’t been done in 13 years (which they were on the unfortunate side of that year):

C.C. Sabathia will start for the Yankees opposed by Charlie Morton.

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

It all comes down to tonight.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter at @HomeRunDaily as we’ll have you covered with live tweets throughout the game!

Here we go!

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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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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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