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Astros now trailing Yankees in ALCS, need 9th Verlander win

Justin Verlander agreed to that last-second trade to the Houston Astros with hopes of another World Series, and has since won all eight games he has pitched.

Eight is not enough. The Astros have to win Verlander's ninth game — or their season will end short of that goal.

"Obviously. I know this is one of the main reasons I was brought here," Verlander said Thursday. "This is why I'm here."

Six days after the big right-hander threw a complete game against the Yankees to put Houston up 2-0 in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series, the teams will be back in Minute Maid Park for Game 6 on Friday night with the Astros facing elimination after New...