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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Angels take measures to block Astros from relaying signs

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The Los Angeles Angels took some measures on Friday night to prevent the Houston Astros from relaying signs from second base.

Jaime Barria gave up four runs over three innings on Saturday against Houston — his previous start. He allowed three runs in the first inning before making an adjustment. He said after the game that he thought the Astros were stealing signs against him.

Fast forward to Friday, and Barria got the nod against Houston once again. This time he and shortstop Andrelton Simmons came prepared. According to Angels reporter Jeff Fletcher, when a runner reached second, Simmons stood in front of the runner as signs were being given from the catcher to Barria so the runner couldn’t relay them to the batter.

The results were much better. Barria pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and one walk.

He’s not the only pitcher to face the Astros recently and think they were relaying signs. All teams will probably have to do the same against Houston to avoid getting picked. As Yu Darvish could tell you, they’re very good at that.

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