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"Beating Verlander is about hitting the ball over the fence. As I wrote in Sports Illustrated last week, he allowed 68% of his runs on homers, the second-highest figure ever. The dead ball helps Verlander as much as any pitcher in this postseason. There just aren’t very many ways to score against him. If the Yankees are going to send this series back to Houston, it will be by hitting at least three homers today."