Astros to start Verlander in Game 1 of ALDS

Right-hander Justin Verlander will start Game 1 of the American Division Series for the Houston Astros against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch made the announcement on Tuesday on SiriusXML radio, adding that left-hander Dallas Keuchel will start Game 2 on Friday. Boston will start left-hander Chris Sale on Thursday, with the Red Sox yet to announce their Game 2 starter.

Verlander is 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in five starts since being acquired from the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 31, and the 34-year-old posted a 1.95 ERA in 15 stars overall after the All-Star break. The six-time All-Star has appeared in the postseason five times, posting a 7-5 record with a 3.39 ERA and 112 strikeouts over 98 1/3 innings in 16 career playoff starts.

Verlander did not receive a decision in two starts against Boston while still with Detroit this season. Thursday will mark five weeks to the day since he was acquired from the Tigers.

Keuchel, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2015, did not face Detroit during the regular season.

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