White Sox pitcher implies Astros may be stealing signs again in ALDS; Dusty Baker responds

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The White Sox had been totally stifled in the first two games of the series, which were played at Houston's Minute Maid Park and featured a lot of hits (20 over those two games) from the Astros. 

Following their Game 3 win, which was played at Guaranteed Rate Field, White Sox pitcher Ryan Tepera ruminated on that and heavily implied that the Astros might be up to their old tricks, AKA cheating.

White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera on the Astros: "They've had a reputation of doing some sketchy stuff over there. We can say it's a little bit of a difference. I think you saw the swings and misses tonight compared to the first two games at Minute Maid."

— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) October 11, 2021

Tepera was very careful to not actually accuse the Astros of cheating. He didn't even say the word "cheating." And that's a good thing, because there's no real evidence that the Astros — the team whose sign-stealing scandal roiled baseball and reshaped their front office just over a year ago — have been cheating. 

The only information Tepera wields is that the Astros were hitting well at home, which is circumstantial at best. Teams typically do well at home, hence the phrase "home-field advantage" and the Astros were MLB's best offense in the regular season. Plus, the Astros had hitting success at Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday, scoring the same number of runs (six) as they did in Game 1 at Minute Maid Park.

White Sox’s Ryan Tepera:”U play at Minute Maid,they’re doing something over there that’s a little different. It showed u how many swings&misses they had tonight compared to at Minute Maid” Asked to expand on that) “They’ve obviously had a reputation of doing some sketchy stuff..” pic.twitter.com/lc6q1IYXKS

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 11, 2021

There was no way the Astros wouldn't take notice of Tepera's words. Manager Dusty Baker definitely did. He responded to Tepera by using the words of Eric Clapton, implying that Tepera and the White Sox might be the ones cheating. 

Houston #Astros manager Dusty Baker on #White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera: "Those are heavy accusations. ...I was listening to Eric Clapton this morning, and he had a song: "Before you accuse me, you need to look at yourself.' You know what I mean. That's all I got to say.''

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 11, 2021

Despite the lack of evidence, it's hard to blame Tepera or anyone else on the White Sox (not to mention other teams the Astros might face in the playoffs) for openly wondering if the Astros are cheating. The scheme they employed throughout their World Series-winning 2017 season, using a trash can banging system to warn hitters of what pitches were coming, is seared into baseball lore — and the minds of their opponents. 

Is it fair that the Astros will be suspected of cheating in every playoff series for the foreseeable future? Probably not (even though a lot of players from the 2017 season still play for the Astros), but that's how it goes. Philadelphia sports fans booed Santa in the 1970s and are still called the worst fans in sports because of it. 

The sports world has a long memory, so the Astros are likely to carry their reputation as cheaters with them for years to come.

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WGN TV Chicago 11 October, 2021 - 09:40pm

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Monday as stocks in Hong Kong led gains regionally.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed 1.96% higher at 25,325.09.

Shares of Meituan in Hong Kong surged 8.36%. China's market regulator on Friday said it had fined the company about 3.4 billion Chinese yuan ($527.71 million) after finding it guilty of monopolistic practices. Still, that was far smaller than the 18.23 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) fine that Alibaba had been slapped with back in April.

Other Chinese tech stocks in Hong Kong also saw sizable gains, with Tencent rising 2.95% while Alibaba surged 7.91%. The Hang Seng Tech index jumped 3.17% to 6,403.69.

The Shanghai composite on mainland China closed little changed at 3,591.71 while the Shenzhen component dipped 0.323% on the day to 14,367.60.

Travel-related stocks in Singapore surged, with Singapore Airlines soaring more than 7% while SATS — which provides ground-handling and in-flight catering services — gained about 4% on Monday. The gains came after Singapore authorities announced over the weekend that more "vaccinated travel lanes" are set to open with more countries. The broader Straits Times index in Singapore was little changed.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 closed 1.6% higher at 28,498.20 while the Topix index jumped 1.77% to finish the trading day at 1,996.58.

Elsewhere, shares in Australia lagged, with the S&P/ASX 200 down 0.28% to close at 7,299.80.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.69%.

Markets in South Korea are closed on Monday for a holiday.

Debt-ridden developer China Evergrande Group faced more bond coupon payments on Monday, with the firm already missing two interest payment deadlines last month.

Trading in its shares has been suspended along with those of Evergrande Property Services since Oct. 4, pending a deal that has yet to be announced.

U.S. nonfarm payrolls rose by just 194,000 in September, sharply lower than the Dow Jones estimate of 500,000, the Labor Department reported Friday. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate declined to 4.8%, above expectations for 5.1% and the lowest since February 2020.

Oil prices were higher in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 2.2% to $84.20 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 2.72% to $81.51 per barrel.

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 94.141 after a recent fall from above 94.2.

The Japanese yen traded at 112.89 per dollar, having weakened late last week from below 111.6 against the greenback. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7341, above levels below $0.724 seen last week.

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