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Champion Astros loaded again for 2018

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HOUSTON (AP) Not long after the Houston Astros won the World Series, third baseman Alex Bregman got another big reason to smile.

Justin Verlander wasn't simply a late-season rental. He was under contract with the team for two more seasons. Bregman's reaction, caught on a teammate's Instagram Live account, was one of pure joy, filled with shrieks and yelling.

The Astros could have more grins in store this season: Manager A.J. Hinch will not only have the ace right-hander for the whole year, he will have a loaded rotation and pretty much every key player who helped Houston win it all last fall, from American League MVP Jose Altuve to World Series MVP George Springer and All-Star Carlos Correa.


AL Wins
Rank Name W
1t C. Carrasco, Cle18
1t C. Kluber, Cle18
1t J. Vargas, KC18
4t T. Bauer, Cle17
4t D. Pomeranz, Bos17
4t C. Sale, Bos17
7 E. Santana, Min16
8 J. Verlander, Hou15
9t J. Berríos, Min14
9t D. Keuchel, Hou14
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NL Wins
Rank Name W
1 C. Kershaw, LAD18
2t Z. Davies, Mil17
2t Z. Greinke, Ari17
4t M. Scherzer, Was16
4t A. Wood, LAD16
6t J. deGrom, NYM15
6t G. González, Was15
6t R. Ray, Ari15
6t S. Strasburg, Was15
10t J. Arrieta, ChC14
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