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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 Runs Scored
Rank Name R
1 A. Judge, NYY128
2t J. Altuve, Hou112
2t G. Springer, Hou112
4 J. Ramírez, Cle107
5 B. Dozier, Min106
6 M. Betts, Bos101
7t E. Andrus, Tex100
7t J. Upton, LAA100
9 F. Lindor, Cle99
10 E. Hosmer, KC98
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NL Runs Scored
Rank Name R
1 C. Blackmon, Col137
2 G. Stanton, Mia123
3 P. Goldschmidt, Ari117
4 D. Gordon, Mia114
5 K. Bryant, ChC111
6 J. Votto, Cin106
7t N. Arenado, Col100
7t C. Yelich, Mia100
9 A. Rizzo, ChC99
10t B. Harper, Was95
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