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Astros out to ‘silence the haters’ in ALDS against Athletics

Beth Harris
Associated Press

Los Angeles – Josh Reddick and the rest of the Houston Astros heard the “cheaters” chants and banging on garbage cans as the team’s buses pulled into Dodger Stadium for a series last month.

They were greeted by Dodgers fans still angry that the Astros illicitly stole signs during the 2017 World Series, when Houston won in seven games and celebrated on the Dodgers’ field.

“I was kind of disappointed there wasn’t enough out there,” Reddick said. “I know I’m stirring that pot.”

In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, the Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Astros won the series 4-3.

And, with the Astros in town for an AL Division Series against Oakland starting Monday, the Houston outfielder agitated things again.

“All the Dodgers fans that probably still hold that grudge are going to be out here voicing their opinion,” Reddick said. “It’s all about silencing the haters, that’s what all this year was about. The trash talk seems to be a little bit more running, and I love it.”

Just like the shortened 60-game regular season, no fans will be inside Dodger Stadium for the best-of-five ALDS. The coronavirus pandemic largely has protected the Astros from having public scorn heaped on them this season.

Mike Fiers rocked baseball when he revealed his old team’s scheme to The Athletic last year, saying the Astros used a camera in center field to steal signs and then banged on a trash can to let their hitters know which pitch the opposing catcher had signaled.

In a potentially awkward situation, Fiers could face the Astros if he takes the mound for Oakland. He hasn’t been particularly effective this season, and didn’t start against them when the A’s took seven of 10 games from the Astros this season.

“We never did anything in our rotation to make him miss the Astros,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

Fiers started the deciding Game 3 of the wild card series against Minnesota, but lasted just 12/3 innings.

If Fiers is the opposing pitcher, Reddick says, it’s about the game.

“Whoever is out there, you try to treat it the same and don’t let your emotions get the best of you,” he said. “The best way we can control our emotions is going out there and beating him and beating that team as well.”

Division Series

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay vs. New York Yankees

At San Diego (all games on TBS)

Monday, Oct. 5: New York Yankees (Cole 7-3) vs. Tampa Bay (Snell 4-1), 8:07 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 6: New York Yankees (Tanaka 3-3) vs. Tampa Bay (Glasnow 5-1)

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Tampa Bay (Morton 2-2) vs. New York Yankees (Happ 2-2)

x-Thursday, Oct. 8: Tampa Bay vs. New York Yankees (García 3-2)

x-Friday, Oct. 9: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay

Oakland vs. Houston

At Los Angeles (all games on TBS)

Monday, Oct. 5: Houston (Greinke 3-3) vs. Oakland, 4:07 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 6: Houston (Urquidy 1-1) vs. Oakland

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Oakland vs. Houston

x-Thursday, Oct. 8: Oakland vs. Houston

x-Friday, Oct. 9: Houston vs. Oakland

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Diego vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

At Arlington, Texas

Tuesday, Oct. 6: San Diego vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (FS1 or MLB)

Wednesday, Oct. 7: San Diego vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (FS1 or MLB)

Thursday, Oct. 8: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego (FS1 or MLB)

x-Friday, Oct. 9: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego (FS1)

x-Saturday, Oct. 10: San Diego vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (FS1)

Miami vs. Atlanta

At Houston

Tuesday, Oct. 6: Miami vs. Atlanta (FS1 or MLB)

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Miami vs. Atlanta (FS1 or MLB)

Thursday, Oct. 8: Atlanta vs. Miami (FS1 or MLB)

x-Friday, Oct. 9: Atlanta vs. Miami (FS1)

x-Saturday, Oct. 10: Miami vs. Atlanta (FS1)

x-If necessary