D.J. Short

Report: Whoever hacked into Astros’ database tried to cover their tracks and failed


Some new details here from Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times on the F.B.I.’s investigation into the hacking of the Astros’ database.

The focus of the investigation is a small group of Cardinals employees who worked in the areas of statistical analysis and computer programming. The breaches were tracked to a computer near the team’s complex in Jupiter, Florida during spring training in 2014. How did they discover this? Well, the Cardinals’ hackers weren’t very good at the whole hacking thing:

Whoever gained access to the Astros’ network tried to take some measures used by experienced hackers to disguise their location. But, law enforcement officials said, the intruders were not adept.

“They tried to mask themselves like an experienced hacker and failed,” said a person briefed on the investigation. “It’s clear they weren’t very good at what they were trying to do.”

It’s believed that whoever hacked into the Astros’ database did so using the password of general manager Jeff Luhnow or director of decision sciences Sig Mejdal, who both worked for the Cardinals at one point. While the hackers’ incompetence led investigators to a single computer, pinning down exactly who accessed the Astros’ database has proven “very difficult,” as multiple people could have used the computer at different times. However, Schmidt hears that at least four members of the Cardinals’ baseball operations staff have hired criminal defense lawyers.

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Luhnow was back with the Astros today for the first time since the story broke last week, but he refused to comment on situation. That’s to be expected, as the federal investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Mark Teixeira receives cortisone shot for lingering neck issue


UPDATE: Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Teixeira received a cortisone shot and is unlikely to return until Wednesday.

6:12 p.m. ET: Mark Teixeira is having a resurgent season for the Yankees, but Alex Schiffer of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that he was sent for an MRI today because of a lingering issue in his neck.

Teixeira has been battling stiffness in his neck dating back to a series against the Orioles last weekend. After sitting out a game last Wednesday, he’s out of the lineup again tonight against the Phillies. The results of the MRI aren’t yet known, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hopeful he’ll be able to return on Wednesday:

“His neck’s bothering him again,” Girardi said. “We’re going to give him the day off and see where we’re at and we haven’t been able to clear it up. We’re hoping that another day off will help.”

Teixeira is enjoying a bounceback year at the age of 35, posting a .920 OPS to go along with 18 home runs and 49 RBI.

Video: Byron Buxton shows off his arm to throw out Melky Cabrera at home plate


We saw Twins rookie center fielder Byron Buxton steal his first base in the majors on Sunday. Well, tonight he showed off his arm:

That was a laser beam. Fortunately, we’re now in the Statcast era, so we have some specifics. According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, Buxton’s throw to home plate was clocked at 93.2 mph.