News: Justin Verlander improved to 14-8, allowing one hit and two walks over 7.0 scoreless innings, as the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Friday. Verlander struck out six, ending the game with a 3.38 ERA and 1.18 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Houston's late-August pickup of the longtime Tigers ace is looking like it could be the move of the year. In four starts since the trade, Verlander has permitted a mere two runs and 11 hits with 32 strikeouts in 28 innings while winning each of those outings. Going back a little further, he's 6-0 with a splendid 1.10 ERA over his last seven assignments.