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Manny Machado was stealing signs during Game 2

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There’s no rule against stealing signs as long as you’re not using technology to do it, but the Red Sox let it be known last night that Manny Machado was stealing signs during Game 2.

From a story by Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, describing what unfolded during the fourth inning Wednesday night, when Machado was on second base:

Throughout Enrique Hernandez‘s nine-pitch battle with Price, Machado appeared to be relaying signs and/or location to Hernandez through an exaggerated series of motions.

As Price was coming set, Machado, leading off from second, would place his hands on his hips. Then, just before each pitch, Machado would begin a series of motions: touching his helmet with either his right or left hand, sometimes then touching or pulling the script on his jersey afterward and other times grabbing or touching the thigh/groin area of his pants.

Price ended up striking out Hernandez. Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie told Miller that they realized what Machado was doing during the at bat and that he considered going out to tell Price and catcher Christian Vazquez to change up signs, but that he didn’t want to take Price out of his rhythm. Yasiel Puig singled right after that to give the Dodgers a temporary lead.

Not long after that the Red Sox figured out a pretty good way to keep baserunners from stealing signs: not allowing any base runners. Expect them to be a bit more proactive about it in Game 3 tonight.

 

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.