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Astros’ Justin Verlander gets 2,500th strikeout in complete-game shutout win

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Beneath a sun-splashed Monday afternoon in Anaheim, as the trite music du jour blared overhead, two generational players gathered behind the batting cages at Angel Stadium. Nine days earlier, Albert Pujols collected the 3,000th hit of a career soon to be commemorated in Cooperstown. Justin Verlander offered belated congratulations. Together, the two men have played 32 Major League seasons. Pujols participated in more than 2,600 games. Verlander's start Wednesday against Pujols' club was the 395th of his 14-year career. Both shared the unflinching pride in their availabilit…

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