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Framber Valdezs no hitter on day Astros got Justin Verlander should put rest of AL West on notice

Aug 2, 2023

Framber Valdez bounced back perfectly Tuesday, and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Houston Astros.

Valdez threw the third no-hitter of this MLB season to lead the Astros to a 2-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians at Minute Maid Park. Valdez faced the minimum 27 batters, recorded seven strikeouts and threw 93 pitches in the win, the fourth-fewest pitches needed in a no-hitter since 1901.

It marked the 16th no-hitter in Astros history and the first solo no-hitter since Justin Verlander threw one in 2019.

The defending champions indeed have reasons to speak with confidence. Valdez's no-hitter came just hours after the Astros reacquired Verlander in a deal with the New York Mets before Tuesday's trade deadline. Verlander brings a 3.15 ERA to the place where he shined for five seasons with two Cy Young Awards on two championship teams.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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