Astros' Hinch brushes off pitch-tipping chatter: 'It's kind of funny'
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Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch has a pretty simple solution to those hurlers who are apparently tipping their pitches to his club's hitters - don't be obvious.

"If they don't want to tip their pitches, then they should take consideration into (not) doing the same thing over and over again," Hinch said, according to ESPN.

"I think it's kind of funny," he added, in regards to the pitch-tipping paranoia.

The skipper's response comes in the wake of chatter by some that Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow and New York Yankees starting pitchers James Paxton and Luis Severino were tipping pitches against the Astros during their respective postseason series.

Following Game 5 of the ALDS, Glasnow said it was "pretty obvious" that he tipped his pitches. During Game 1 of the ALCS, Yankees coaches and players became angry when they heard whistling from the Astros' dugout, which they believed was an example of sign stealing, sources told Andy Martino of SNY.

In Game 2, third baseman Alex Bregman appeared to mouth "glove" to Houston's dugout after drawing a walk against Paxton.

And then in Game 3, former Yankee and current TV analyst Alex Rodriguez picked up on a trend that he noticed with Severino's pitching.

There's been no definitive evidence that the Astros are taking advantage of tipped pitches, which isn't against the rules. However, digital spying - which Houston has also been accused of - is a different story.

The Cleveland Indians filed a complaint after they observed a man reportedly associated with the Astros pointing a cellphone into their dugout during Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS. The Boston Red Sox ended up removing the same man from their ballpark after they noticed he was doing something similar in Game 1 of the ALCS. MLB cleared the Astros of any wrongdoing in both cases.

The league has implemented rules to crack down on digital spying.

Astros' Hinch brushes off pitch-tipping chatter: 'It's kind of funny'
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