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MLB to issue statement on allegations against Astros on Wednesday

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Last night a report emerged that a Houston Astros employee was removed from the area around the dugout at Fenway Park by security after he was seen using a small camera and texting frequently. The suggestion being that he was spying on the Red Sox’ dugout. Later in the evening a report came out that the Indians complained about similar behavior during the ALDS.

While it has not been established if the Astros were doing anything against the rules, the two incidents raised questions about sign stealing or other forms of electronic eavesdropping.

Last night MLB issued a brief statement saying that the matter “will be handled internally” and offered no other details. A few minutes ago, however, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that a further statement will be issued by MLB today but that “no fine or penalty will be issued at this time.”

Again, whether that means that nothing was done wrong or whether it’s going to be a statement about the need for “more investigation” or something is unknown.

 

Bryce Harper finally gets his first spring training hit with Phillies

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper hasn’t had the best spring training showing. After a delayed start because he didn’t officially sign until early this month, Harper made his Phillies debut on March 9. Then Harper had an injury scare when he was hit in the ankle by a pitch on March 15. Harper returned on Sunday and finally registered his first hit of the spring on Wednesday — a line drive up the middle.

Harper finished 1-for-2 with a walk on the afternoon. In 10 official at-bats, Harper is batting .100/.438/.100. As you can see, five total walks are helping that on-base percentage. Spring stats are largely meaningless, though, so no one should be worried about Harper with the start of the regular season just a week away.