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Confident of a rebound ... Rich Hill starts for the Dodgers ... WTA finals

October 25, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — After dropping the World Series opener at Dodger Stadium, the Astros are confident they can rebound in Game 2 — with good reason. Justin Verlander is on the mound, and he’s perfect in a Houston uniform. The ALCS MVP is 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA this postseason, including his first career relief appearance. He’s 9-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 67 strikeouts in nine outings for the Astros since agreeing to a trade from Detroit that was completed only seconds before the Aug. 31 midnight deadline for postseason eligibility.

UNDATED (AP) — Just over two years after pitching for the Long Island Ducks in the independent Atlantic League, Rich Hill will start for the Dodgers in Game 2. The 37-year-old left-hander used the Ducks as a springboard back into the majors, and after going 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA for Los Angeles this season, he’s about to make his first Series start. This will be Hill’s third start this postseason — he’s allowed three runs in nine innings and is yet to get a decision.

UNDATED (AP) — Houston’s batters are looking for a breakout after getting three-hit in the Series opener. It was an especially tough night for George Springer, who went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts from the leadoff spot in a game started by Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Springer, who hit 34 homers this season and made his first All-Star team, batted .412 with a homer and two doubles in the Division Series against Boston but only .115 (3 for 26) in the ALCS vs. the Yankees.

UNDATED (AP) — The bright spot in Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series was a solo homer by Alex Bregman, but the five batters below him in the order — Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, Brian McCann and Marwin Gonzalez — were a combined 1 for 16. They weren’t exactly tough outs, either — Correa was 0 for 3 with a strikeout and only saw five pitches. The Astros are batting just .176 since the start of the ALCS. Game 2 begins 8:09 p.m. tonight in L.A.

SINGAPORE (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki has improved to 2-0 at the WTA Finals by beating top-ranked Simona Halep 6-0, 6-2 today. Wozniacki has improved her career record over Halep to 4-2. She won both of their meetings this season, although the other was a three-setter in the quarterfinals at Eastbourne. Halep is now 1-1 in the round-robin tournament.

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