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Correa calls out critics after sweep: 'What are they going to say now?'

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Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa questioned the team's critics after Houston swept the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday to advance to the American League Division Series.

"I know a lot of people are mad," Correa said postgame, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. "I know a lot of people don't want to see us here. But what are they going to say now?"

The former All-Star also called out ESPN for focusing too much on the Astros' sign-stealing scandal during the wild-card series' Game 1 broadcast on Tuesday.

Correa played an instrumental role in Game 2 of the best-of-three series. The 26-year-old hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, which ended up being the difference in the game:

Houston limped into the playoffs with a sub-.500 record in the club's first season following Major League Baseball's punishment for stealing signs electronically during the team's World Series-winning 2017 season and parts of 2018.

The manager and general manager were both given lengthy suspensions and subsequently fired in January for cheating. The club was also fined $5 million and lost its first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.

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