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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.

 

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.