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Justin Verlander Vs Rich Hill: World Series Game 2 Preview

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The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 last night at home in Game 1 of this year’s World Series, and both teams are back at it again tonight at 8 PM ET for Game 2.

Things couldn’t have gone better for the Dodgers last night. Their three runs were supplied by the co-MVPs of the NLCS (Chris Taylor solo HR, Justin Turner 2-run HR), and ace Clayton Kershaw fired seven masterful innings in his first career World Series start.

Like it was all planned out.

The Dodgers hope to take a 2-0 lead as they send southpaw Rich Hill to the mound. Their work will be cut out for them though, as the Astros counter with ALCS MVP Justin Verlander.

Hill was 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 games/starts this regular season, while Verlander was 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 33 games/starts (the last five coming with Houston).

In this year’s playoffs, Hill has no record in two games/starts with a 3.00 ERA. For Verlander, he’s 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA in four games/three starts.

Overall in eight starts and a relief outing since coming over from the Detroit Tigers on August 31, Verlander’s 9-0 with a 1.23 ERA (58 2/3 IP, 8 ER).

Like last night, tonight promises for a solid pitcher’s duel.

Without further ado here are tonight’s starting lineups!

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

LOS ANGELES DODGERS
1- C. Taylor, CF
2- C. Seager, SS
3- J. Turner, 3B
4- C. Bellinger, 1B
5- Y. Puig, RF
6- J. Pederson, LF
7- A. Barnes, C
8- C. Utley, 2B
9- R. Hill, P

Will Verlander win his 10th game in as many appearances since being acquired by the Astros, or will Hill lead the Dodgers to a 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic? (Update: none of these happened!)

Tonight we find out! Make sure to follow our live, in-game tweets at @HomeRunDaily!

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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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