Justin Verlander's velocity may be down a bit this season, but his effectiveness isn't. 

The Detroit Tigers' ace is 4-2 and flirted with yet another no-hitter Sunday during his team's 9-0 win over the Houston Astros at Minutemaid Park in Houston. 

Verlander nearly achieved his third no-hitter of his career as the Tigers went on to sweep the four-game series with the Astros, new members of the American League West. 

The 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young winner went seven innings Sunday, giving up just a pair of hits in his seventh appearance of 2013. 

The Tigers are 19-11 and in first place in the AL Central. 

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