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Verlander: Don't crown the Yankees just yet

It's officially the first week of Spring Training and Justin Verlander is already bringing the heat. No, we aren't talking about his velocity quite yet, we're talking about him making it clear that the Astros aren't a team to mess with this season.

During a segment on MLB Network's "High Heat" Tuesday, Christopher Russo was talking about the Yankees just hours after Aaron Boone held his first news conference of the spring. Russo went over the potential lineup for the Yanks stating "There's no way you can't think that the Yankees are the team to beat in the American League."

Well, Verlander had an issue with that statement:

Russo also went on to say his words may not make Houston happy, and it appeared he was right.

The Astros get an entire season with the former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, and it looks like he wants to make sure the world doesn't sleep on Houston.