Kyle Seager

New guys Verlander, Maybin lift Astros over Mariners 3-1

The only comparison Justin Verlander could come up with for his Houston Astros debut was opening day.

The nerves. The excitement. The desire to be at his best.

"The unknown. Don't really want to let everyone down. New team," Verlander said. "But these guys have made the process pretty easy on me so far fitting in and making me feel right at home as quickly as possible."

Verlander could find a home anywhere with the kind of performance he delivered Tuesday night, throwing six strong innings to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 after Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer in the seventh for Houston's first hit.

It was the first time in 381 career...