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Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 04/17/2012

If Stephen Strasburg tipped his pitches, the Astros aren’t saying

(Ann Heisenfelt - Associated Press)
After his start last night, Stephen Strasburg broached his concern that the Astros had picked up clues as to which pitch he would throw.. “Just the way they were kind of checking on some pitches and stuff,” Strasburg said. “Typically, kind of the hitter does something a little different on some pitches, and when they know it’s coming, they obviously look very comfortable in there.”

Strasburg suggested the Astros may have had an advantage with runners on second base, which only happened in two innings all game, including the sixth, when the Astros loaded the bases with no outs and scored two runs. This is one of those things that’s hard to get to the bottom of, and a trip to the Astros clubhouse didn’t help much.

“Obviously, if a guy who’s that good is tipping, I’m not going to tell you so he can switch it,” said Astros center fielder Jordan Scaffer, whose single in the sixth started the two-run rally. “I’m going to know what pitches are coming if he’s tipping. Honestly, I didn’t pick up anything. Even if he did, I’m not going to tell you.”

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