Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Astros' Verlander in Postseason Form

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Astros' Verlander in Postseason Form

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Houston's Justin Verlander has picked up where he left off in the 2017 postseason. He pitched three shutout innings in an 8-1 loss to Washington Saturday and has pitched five scoreless innings with nine strikeouts so far this spring

Astros

Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg made his spring debut against Houston and several times hit 98 mph on the radar gun in a two-inning stint. Afterward, when asked about those big pitches, he admitted to having "some dad strength in there."

Rangers

Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram took a little dig at the team's questionable offseason moves to bolster the starting rotation that this week included a deal with a broken-down Tim Lincecum. Wrote Engel: "The Rangers now have a dynamic rotation, if we were in the year 2008. …

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