"And it's insane to say, because these are some of the biggest baseball games of our lives, but somebody goes to the hospital, who really cares about what game he's starting or anything like that; we just are anxious about him and his well-being", Porcello told reporters Tuesday in Houston ahead of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, which the Red Sox went on to win.
So it's really not surprising at all that he reacted the way he did when former teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. blew Game 3 open for the Red Sox with an eighth-inning grand slam.
The Astros went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position in the first home game of the series, which was played in front of a sellout crowd of 43,102 and included Astros Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and Houston Rockets stars James Harden, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.
The champions are under scrutiny after Cleveland filed a complaint to Major League Baseball about a man associated with Houston attempting to film in the Indians' dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series last week.
"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game. "But I just heard today".
Sale struggled with his control in Boston's 7-2 loss to the Astros in the series opener Saturday night.
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This isn't the first time the Astros have been suspected of cheating.
Bradley had caught the ire of many Red Sox fans while batting.210 during the first half of the season.
When presented with the details of the incident and the warning given to security heading into Game 1, a Red Sox spokesman said on Tuesday, "It is an Major League Baseball matter, so no one from the Red Sox would be commenting".
All of the suspicion has added to the length of each game, as both teams' catchers have routinely walked to the mound to confer with their pitchers, usually while covering their mouths with their gloves. Both Jose Altuve (knee) and Carlos Correa (back), two of the 'Stros best hitters, are struggling with injuries, and it's readily apparent in the lineup. Devers took over at third in the bottom of the fourth after pinch-hitting for Nunez in the top of the inning.
Hinch said he had heard of the claim, but he wasn't anxious about it.