What you need to know about Astros player Justin Verlander

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Monday, September 2, 2019
What to know about Astros pitcher Justin Verlander
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What to know about Astros pitcher Justin Verlander

Pitcher Justin Verlander was traded to the Houston Astros from the Detroit Tigers in 2017 and was named ALCS Championship MVP.

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

  • 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.
  • Founded the Wins For Warriors Foundation to support veteran-related causes, and donated more than $2 million.
  • He tied the knot with model Kate Upton in 2017.
  • Verlander threw for the Astros' 13th no-hitter in franchise history on Sep. 1.
  • He is the sixth pitcher in MLB history to throw at least three no-hitters.