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Houston Astros Acquire Justin Verlander, Eyeing a Deep Playoff Run - New York Times

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros acquired Justin Verlander in a trade with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night, just before the deadline for having players eligible for postseason play. Verlander joined the Astros, who lead the American League West, and ...and more »

How the Justin Verlander trade came together and what it means to Houston - Yahoo Sports

The trade of Justin Verlander, likely Hall of Famer, supermodel husband-to-be and October-ready horse, almost never happened. It weathered a multi-week stalemate between the Detroit Tigers, who were unsure they wanted to deal the best pitcher in ...and more »

Justin Upton Is Thrilled to Join Angels and Playoff Race - New York Times

Justin Upton was eager to get back into a playoff race. The Los Angeles Angels badly needed another big bat to bolster their postseason push. The Angels acquired Upton, the four-time All-Star outfielder, from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, giving up ...and more »

Tigers trade 'class act' Justin Upton to Angels - The Detroit News

Detroit — The simple truth is Justin Upton was entering his final month as a Tiger, regardless. As the Tigers shifted from contending to retooling to what now appears to be flat-out rebuilding, the chances of Upton waiving the opt-out clause in his ...and more »

The Tigers had no choice but to trade Justin Verlander - Bless You Boys (blog)

As in any aspect of life, baseball makes it difficult to separate the head from the heart. Part of the joy of being a fan is the emotional roller coaster that each game, year, and era brings. But, with joys come sorrows. That is how many Detroit Tigers ...and more »

Angels add slugger Justin Upton in deadline trade with Tigers - OCRegister

At the non-waiver trading deadline a month ago, Billy Eppler felt his team, although under .500, had enough of a shot at the postseason to prevent him from selling off its parts, as many expected him to do. The Angels rewarded their general manager for ...and more »

Whicker: Angels hope to quicken pace of the race with acquisition of Justin Upton, Brandon Phillips - OCRegister

Throughout their treadmill summer, the Angels couldn't play themselves out of the math. They were always there but not there, maybe with an arm or an ear sticking into the picture. They were the team in the wings. When you're three games out of the ...and more »

Verlander, Upton trades mark shift in strategy for Tigers - Crain's Detroit Business

If the four prospects the Detroit Tigers got in trades for Justin Verlander and Justin Upton don't pan out, it could become known as Black Thursday. And if the young players do develop into talented Major Leaguers in the future, the day will mark the ...and more »

Angels Notes: Brandon Phillips, Justin Upton sandwich Mike Trout in new lineup - OCRegister

ARLINGTON, Texas — As soon as news of the Angels acquisitions came across on Thursday, many Angels fans were eager to see how Mike Scioscia would line them up. When Friday's lineup was posted, Brandon Phillips was in the leadoff spot and Justin ...and more »

Tigers deal Justin Verlander to Astros in last-minute deadline stunner - USA TODAY

The Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros pulled off a last-second blockbuster deal that sent former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander to the first-place Astros, seconds before the 11:59 ET trade deadline Thursday evening. That ended a day of drama ...and more »