Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters Tuesday that he was not accusing the Baltimore Orioles of sign-stealing Monday when he pointed out how few swings-and-misses the team had against ace Chris Sale.
Cora's comments come after Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he felt the Red Sox manager was "disrespectful" toward his hitters.
Cora said Tuesday, per the Associated Press:
"It wasn't about pointing the finger at them. If he took it that way, I'll talk to him right now, but that's not the case. I was the guy suspended for what happened in 2017, so I'm the last guy that can accuse somebody of doing something wrong if that's what he thought I was saying."
For the first healthy start of his career, Sale did not record a strikeout. Boston lost 5-4 to the Orioles at Camden Yards. The Baltimore hitters also made contact on 40 of their 42 swings against the seven-time All-Star.