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Royals’ Johnny Cueto was concerned about Blue Jays stealing signs

Johnny Cueto tried to gather himself in the first inning during Monday’s ALCS game in Toronto.
Johnny Cueto tried to gather himself in the first inning during Monday’s ALCS game in Toronto. skeyser@kcstar.com

The man in white rides again?

Four years ago, a story surfaced that opposing teams in Toronto thought someone wearing white attire in the center-field stands at Rogers Centre was relaying signs to Blue Jays hitters — looking at the catcher’s signals and waving his arms when an off-speed pitch was coming.

On Tuesday, before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez said teammate Johnny Cueto was concerned about the Blue Jays stealing signs during Game 3 on Monday night — but Volquez also said players have to take responsibility to protect the integrity of their signals.

“That’s your fault. You’ve got to hide the ball and have better communication with the catcher giving you signs when you’re pitching,” Volquez said. “So it’s nothing wrong with it. We just have to hide the ball and give multiple signs to hide it from them.”

Cueto allowed eight runs in two innings during the Royals’ 11-8 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday night.

“I think he said last night, they got a guy in center field,” Volquez said of Cueto.

“We’ve got a lot of friends on different teams, they always say that, they give the signs or whatever it is. But I don’t go crazy with it. I just want to pitch my own game.”

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, when asked by Canadian TV network Sportsnet, said this about sign-stealing: “We don’t do any of that. We’re here to play baseball.”

Chris Fickett: 816-234-4354, @ChrisFickett

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