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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s Kyle Tucker was ejected Thursday night when he attempted to steal home while New York Yankees starter Luis Severino tinkered with his malfunctioning PitchCom device.
Alex Bregman was coming off a two-run brace to put Houston up 2-0 and Tucker was third with two outs in the third inning.
With Yuli Gurriel at bat, a frustrated Severino took off his cap and held the PitchCom speaker to his ear, seemingly unable to hear catcher Jose Trevino’s instructions.
Tucker saw that Severino was distracted and tried to sneak home. Severino had the PitchCom earpiece in his right hand and had to maneuver quickly to get the baseball back into his throwing hand. He pitched home while still holding his cap, and his pitch narrowly beat Tucker and ended the inning.
PitchCom’s digital pitch-calling devices, which transmit signals from catcher to pitcher, were introduced to the majors this season. The system was designed to end sign theft following the Astros scandal in 2017.
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