Home Run Derby

Astros, Dodgers connect, riveting World Series onto Game 6

At this rate, Justin Verlander might very well hit his first home run for real.

A classically poor-hitting pitcher, the Houston ace knocked one over the wall last week at Dodger Stadium in batting practice. Maybe that bolstered his belief that this batch of baseballs is slick and juiced.

On Tuesday night, Verlander aims to lead the Astros to their first championship when he faces the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of a power-packed World Series that's already set the mark for home runs.

"We're just making memories right now," Astros catcher Brian McCann said, a day after he homered.

A total of 22 homers so far, more than 1½ miles of...

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