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Astros cheating scandal timeline, from the first sign-stealing allegations to a controversial punishment

As much as they would like it to disappear, the Astros have not escaped the cheating scandal that struck earlier this year. It will likely return to greater prominence in national baseball conversation once regular-season games begin Thursday. An MLB investigation revealed that Houston engaged in systematic electronic sign-stealing through trash can banging communication and other […]

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MLB players rip Astros over sign-stealing scandal

Baseball players are mad. No, some of them are more than mad. Some of them are downright furious. Few players have opened up about their feelings on the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal before the start of spring training, but as players start trickling in to camp, a lot more have given their opinions about baseball’s biggest […]

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Carlos Correa denies Astros were intimidated by Carlos Beltran

Carlos Correa denied reports that Carlos Beltran intimidated a green Astros clubhouse into stealing signs in 2017, saying Thursday that “everybody” could have stopped the scheme had they wanted to. “We didn’t feel scared of Beltran; we didn’t feel intimidated,” Correa said, per ESPN. “Whoever the anonymous source is that’s saying that we felt intimidated […]

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Astros owner Jim Crane bungles sign-stealing apology, players try to pick up slack

Yet again, Astros leadership made a bad situation worse. At a long-awaited apology news conference Thursday, Houston owner Jim Crane said his team’s 2017 sign-stealing scheme “didn’t impact the game” and struggled to articulate why the players who participated in a scheme described as “player-driven” shouldn’t be punished for their actions. Predictably, Crane began his […]

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Astros’ sign stealing technique was apparently caught on video

The Athletic published an article Tuesday with the headline: “The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 — part of a much broader issue for Major League Baseball.” This is a big report because MLB rules say teams are not allowed to use electronic technology to steal signs from the catcher and then relay what pitch is coming […]

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Yankees vs. Astros: Live score, updates, highlights from ALCS Game 6

After the Yankees forced the ALCS back to Houston with a Game 5 win, the Astros can seal the series in Saturday’s Game 6 at home. Having commanded the head-to-head until Friday, the Astros were shut down by left-hander James Paxton. New York outfielder Aaron Hicks, meanwhile, blasted a three-run homer off Justin Verlander to […]