For the third year in a row, the Houston Astros are champions of the American League West.

George Springer hit three home runs and Justin Verlander picked up his major league-leading 20th win as Houston routed the Los Angeles Angels 13-5 on Sunday to secure the division title. It also helped the Astros keep pace with the New York Yankees in the battle for the best overall record — and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.


Springer led off the game with a home run, hit a two-run shot in the second and added another solo blast in the fourth to pace the offensive attack. Verlander allowed two runs in five innings and

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