By JAY COHEN AP Baseball Writer
CHICAGO (AP) – White Sox relief Ryan Tepera indicated that Houston may have stolen signs in games 1 and 2 of their AL Division Series after Chicago won its third game Sunday night.
Houston went to sweep after it rolled to a couple of impressive victories at home. But it hit 16 times in a 12-6 loss in Chicago after hitting a total of 16 times in the first two games. The AL West champions went down in order in each of the last five rounds.
Tepera, who worked two perfect laps, noted the difference between the Astros at home and on the road.
“Yes. That’s what it is. “They obviously have a reputation for doing some of the things out there,” he said. It’s just, we can say that there is a little difference. I think you saw the swings and saws tonight compared to the first two games on Minute Maid. But that’s not really the story, you know? We come here to play. We have to compete. We are not going to worry about what to do.
“All we have to do is perform paths, and they can’t beat them anyway.”
Game 4 of the best-of-five series is scheduled for Monday afternoon in Chicago, but there is rain in the forecast.
The Astros were disciplined by Major League Baseball after finding that the team used electronics to steal signs during the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season.
MLB’s investigation found that Houston used a video feed from a midfield camera to see and decode the opponent’s catcher characters during home games. Players knocked on a trash can to signal to the batterers what was coming, and thought it would improve the pipes’ odds of getting a hit.
Manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired in the fallout, but no players were penalized after Commissioner Rob Manfred granted them immunity as part of the league’s investigation.
Sign theft is a legal and honorable part of baseball as long as it is done with the naked eye – say, by a base runner who is in second place. It is forbidden to use technology.
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