Tampa Bay Times

Hinch returns to scene of crimes

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Tigers manager A.J. Hinch returns to Houston tonight for the first time since being suspended by MLB for his role in the sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sport.

With Hinch as their manager, the Astros were found to have used cameras and banged on trash cans to get an unfair advantage en route to winning the World Series in 2017.

Hinch was fired in January 2020 after a lengthy investigat­ion and was prohibited from managing last season. Hinch, hired by Detroit in October, is expecting a warm reception in his return to Minute Maid Park.

“Houston fans have been tremendous­ly supportive to me and my family,” Hinch, 46, said. “It’s home for me. That city matters to me. The fans have been tremendous and obviously it will be very emotional when I see them.”

NOT SO SUNSHINE STATE: Toronto hopes to get tonight’s game against the Yankees off without more weather woes. The Blue Jays are playing home games at their spring park in Dunedin due to Canada’s COVID-19 policies, and the state’s April showers are causing issues. Saturday’s game against the Angels was delayed 2 hours, 38 minutes, by rain and wind gusts up to 45 mph. Sunday’s series finale was postponed because of more rain. Today’s forecast looks clear against New York, which is set to start ace Gerrit Cole.

RAIN WOES FLAP: The Mets’ meteorolog­ical abilities will again be a focus tonight, a day after an embarrassi­ng foul-up that drew criticism from New York right-hander Marcus Stroman. The club pushed ahead Sunday with a 1:10 start against visiting Miami despite wet conditions, and umpires delayed and then postponed the game after Stroman threw nine pitches. Home teams decide whether to start games, but once it starts, umpires decide whether to stop play because of weather. Stroman tweeted that the decision to start was “not smart at all. … Those conditions put everyone at risk.” Rain is in the forecast today when the Phillies come to town.

ANGELS: Outfielder Dexter Fowler has a torn ACL in his left knee that requires season-ending surgery. “Comeback season has commenced,” he said. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.” Fowler, 35, was hurt when he took an awkward step on second base in Friday’s game against Toronto in Dunedin.

NATIONALS: Manager Dave Martinez said he hopes lefthander Jon Lester, first baseman Josh Bell, second baseman Josh Harrison and outfielder Kyle Schwarber can be reinstated today from the injured list. They’ve been out all season under COVID-19 protocols.

TIGERS: Miguel Cabrera has been dealing with soreness in his left biceps, so the club decided to put the All-Star slugger on the 10-day disabled list to undergo testing. Cabrera, 37, who is closing in on 500 homers and other milestones, played first base in Saturday’s loss to the Indians and went 0-for-3. The two-time AL MVP and four-time batting champ is hitting just .125 (3-for-24) with one homer and three RBIs in seven games.

YANKEES: Infielder Luke Voit (left knee surgery) is rehabbing and making progress, manager Aaron Boone said. He’s due to see a doctor today and not expected to start baseball activities for another week.

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