What you need to know about new Astros player Justin Verlander

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Learn more about the Cy-Young award winner who's joined the Astros

Pitcher Justin Verlander was traded to the Houston Astros from the Detroit Tigers in August and was named ALCS Championship MVP.

Here are a few things to know about the Astros' newest pitcher.

  • He was born Feb 20, 1983.

  • He played for the Detroit Tigers for almost a decade.

  • Verlander was named the American League Rookie of the Year with the Detroit Tigers in 2006.

  • In 2007, he pitched the first ever no-hitter at Detroit's Comerica Park.

  • Verlander was named the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner by a unanimous vote, the first unanimous vote since 2006.

  • Also in 2011 was voted American League MVP.

  • In 28 starts this season, Verlander is 10-8 with a 3.82 ERA.

  • His contract guarantees his $28 million per season through 2019.

  • Founded the Wins For Warriors Foundation to support veteran-related causes, and donated more than $2 million.

  • He proposed to model and then-girlfriend Kate Upton in 2016.

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