Justin Verlander knew this would be one of the most emotional games of his major league career.
He still wasn't prepared.
In his return to Detroit, Verlander received three standing ovations while pitching the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Monday night.
Verlander (15-9) made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2005 and ranks among the top 10 on several of the team's career lists. He struck out 10 over seven innings in his first time on the Comerica Park mound since being traded to Houston in August 2017.
"Our hotel is right near my old house, so I got to spend some time in the neighborhood today," he said. "I was...