Verlander, Astros come up short to Reds

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Verlander, Astros come up short to Reds
Verlander, Astros come up short to Reds

Caption Close CINCINNATI — Justin Verlander walked into Great American Ballpark on Tuesday toting a .104./104/.104 slash line. All five hits across the 48 at-bats in his 15-year major league career are singles. He is paid handsomely to pitch. Teammates are terrified of catastrophe on the rare occasion when he must hit. With the two tying runs aboard and one out in the fifth inning on Tuesday, Verlander took his second plate appearance. Leadoff hitter Alex Bregman loomed on deck, ready to face tiring Reds righthander Anthony DeSclafani for a third time. Common sense screamed for a sacrifice bunt. On the first pitch, Verlander swung away. He chopped a simple double play to Eugenio Suarez at third

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