October 15, 2021 12:18 pm
LEADING OFF: Astros face renewed sign-stealing charge

LEADING OFF: Astros face renewed sign-stealing charge

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

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HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM?

The Astros have been reprimanded by the league for sign theft during their 2017 World Series run.

White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera suggested Sunday night that Houston might have been stealing signs after Chicago won the third. After a pair of home victories,

Houston wanted to sweep the series. But it struck out 16 times in a 12-6 loss at Chicago after it struck out a total of 16 times in the first two games. In the final five innings, the AL West champions were defeated in order.

Tepera noted the difference in Astros’ performance at home and on the road .

“Yeah. It’s what it is. He said that they have a reputation for doing some sketchy things over there. It’s only, we can state that it makes a slight difference. Major League Baseball disciplined the Astros after finding that the team had used electronic signs to steal during their run for the 2017 title, and again during the 2018 seasons.

MARATHON Boston sports fans are hoping to see many runners and runs on this big day.

It begins with the 125th Boston Marathon. This is the first year that the event has been held in the autumn. The course, which was cancelled last year due to coronavirus concerns, takes runners through Kenmore Square. It is located about a block away from Fenway Park. There are approximately a mile before the finish line in Back Bay.

The Red Sox usually play on the April date for the marathon. This time they’ll be playing with higher stakes: Game 4 in the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay.

The wild-card Red Sox are looking to beat the Rays at Fenway a day after they won a wild one thanks to a strange bounce. Boston leads the best-of-5 series 2-1.

SCHERZER STRINGS

Dodgers ace Max Scherzer is riding a pair of long streaks going into his start in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Giants.

He would not mind ending one.

The three-time Cy Young Award Winner is 7-0 and has a 1. 98 ERA in 12 starts since being traded from Washington to Los Angeles in late July. This includes a no-decision in Wednesday’s NL wild-card match against St. Louis, when he only allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings.

Scherzer hasn’t been as hot at the plate. He was a good-hitting pitcher throughout his career but has been shut out this season. It’s a staggering 0 for 59. He has only four sacrifice bunts, and one sacrifice fly to his credit. He has not reached base safely.

The best-of-five matchup has been tied at one game. Alex Wood will start at Dodger Stadium for the Giants.

Wood pitched four scoreless innings against Tampa Bay in relief appearances to help the Dodgers win last year’s World Series.

Wanting to return to a starting role, Wood signed with the Giants in the winter and went 10-4 with 3. 83 EERA. This will be his third postseason start, Scherzer will be making his 20th.

START HEM UP Freddy Peralta pitches for Milwaukee in Game 3 at Atlanta in the NL Division Series. This will be Peralta’s first pitch in over two weeks.

Peralta (10-5, 2. 81) was on the 10-day injured list from Aug. 19 to Sept. 2 with right shoulder inflammation. He was 1-2 with an ERA of 4. 70 He was 1-2 with a 4. 26.

Peralta warms up in the bullpen during Game 1’s eighth innings.

” “That helped a lot, because my arm felt much better after that day,” Peralta said.

This will be the first postseason start for the 25-year-old Peralta.

Ian Anderson (9-5). 58) starts by the Braves, even at just one game. He is now 2-0 with a 0. He is now 2-0 with a 0.

The 23-year-old Anderson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 5-1 win at Milwaukee on May 15. He was on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation from July 16 to Aug. 19.

A PAT ON THE BACK

Alex Cora, Red Sox manager, has been receiving encouragement from Bill Belichick, the Patriots coach.

Cora stated that Belichick reached out to her before Tuesday’s win over the New York Yankees in the wild-card round and then sent another note.

“That was like the highlight. Cora stated this before Game 3 against the Rays in the AL Division Series. “I got the text form this random area code. To be honest, that’s pretty cool for someone of his stature to wish us luck .”

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“No,” said he. “But if I do, I’m going to ask if I can go on his boat.”

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