Justin Verlander ties career-high with 14 strikeouts vs. Yankees

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Astros starter Justin Verlander was on point Tuesday night at home against the Yankees, matching a career-high with 14 strikeouts over eight shutout innings. He yielded just three hits and no walks on 105 pitches.

Verlander last struck out 14 batters on August 6, 2012 against the Yankees. The only other time he did it was on June 25, 2011 against the Diamondbacks. Verlander struck out 13 Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS last year as well.

The Astros weren’t able to muster any offense, so Ken Giles took over in the top of the ninth with a scoreless tie. No W for Verlander. Giles promptly gave up a three-run home run to Gary Sanchez.

With his effort against the Yankees on Tuesday, Verlander lowered his ERA on the season to 1.13 and he has a 62/8 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”