GIF Recap:The AL isn't so hard: Astros beat up Verlander, Tigers 7-2

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Lucas Harrell outduels Justin Verlander as the homer-happy Astros tag the Tigers ace for four runs in five innings.

In a battle of aces, Lucas Harrell got the better of Justin Verlander in a spring meeting on Thursday. Of course, Verlander was only throwing fastballs down the middle of the plate to work on his four-seam command. But, he still surrendered six hits and four runs (while striking out five) and gave up three home runs to these powerful Astros.

Al Albuquerque also gave up a pair of Houston runs and diaper dandy closer Bruce Rondon gave up Houston's other run. The Astros fell behind 1-0 early before exploding for four runs combined in the fourth and fifth innings on home runs by Brandon Laird, Carlos Corporan and Matt Dominguez. Corporan had a second home run in the seventh of Albuquerque, scoring J.D. Martinez.

Corporan and Dominguez combined to go 5 for 8 with five RBIs and three runs scored, while Chris Carter was 1 for 3 with a double. Brett Wallace started the game at first and hit second in the order, but left the game after one at-bat, with Laird replacing him.

Brandon Laird Homerun

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Carlos Corporan Homerun (Click to view)

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Matt Dominguez Homerun (Click to view)

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Lucas Harrell pitched well, giving up three hits in 5 innings of work while allowing two runs and three walks. Harrell also struck out two and generated eight ground ball outs. Brad Peacock strengthened his case for a 25-man spot with a sterling three innings of work in relief. Peacock closed out the game, allowing two hits with no runs and no walks while striking out five

Corporan's Second Homerun

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Astros Defensive Play of the Game: Rick Ankiel Throws out runner at third (Click to view)

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Play Brett Wallace Was Injured On

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