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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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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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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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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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