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Masahiro Tanaka feels cheated by the Astros


As pitchers and catchers report this week and position players begin appearing in camp the week after, expect a lot of them to be asked about the sign-stealing scandal that has defined the 2019-2020 offseason. That’s particularly the case for players on teams who faced the Astros in 2017.

Today the player talking was Masahiro Tanaka who was asked if he feels like the Yankees were cheated out of the 2017 World Series by the Houston Astros. You’ll recall, of course, that Tanaka’s Yankees lost to the Astros in a seven-game ALCS that year, when the Astros were almost certainly stealing signs.

Tanaka: “Yeah, I do feel that way . . . It’s a competition and the competition should be a fair competition,” Tanaka said. He added:

“You never know what would have happened, but at the same time you can say that what happened might not have happened. I don’t know if mad is the right word, but it’s something that’s out of the rules. They’re not, obviously, abiding by the rules.”

I’m sure he won’t be the last guy asked that in the next couple of weeks. I’m sure he won’t be the last guy to answer along those lines.

Jim Edmonds being tested for coronavirus

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Longtime Angels and Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds shared on his Instagram story that he is being tested for coronavirus.

The four-time All-Star, who now works as a broadcaster for Fox Sports Midwest, has not posted an update on the results of his test.

If you want to learn more about COVID-19 or think you might need to be tested, give the CDC’s site about the virus a read. Informing yourself is the most important step. Washing your hands and staying home, if possible, is the best way to protect yourself.

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