Carlos Correa fires back at White Sox' Tepera: 'Disrespectful words with no facts'

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The Houston Astros are back in the ALCS with a 10-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, but before the celebration could begin Carlos Correa had some parting shots for reliever Ryan Tepera.

The Astros shortstop was asked by Fox Sports’ Tom Verducci if Tepera’s insinuation following Chicago’s Game 3 victory that Houston may be cheating again had an impact on the team heading into Game 4.

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“Disrespectful words with no facts,” Correa said. “We scored six runs at home, then we scored nine then six again here — they happened to score 12 — then you look at our OPS on the road, it’s the best in the big leagues throughout a 162-game season, which we play anyone on the road. Their OPS was a lot higher at home than on the road.

“Just another kid who needs to know the facts, or you know what he needs to do.”

After the Astros struck out 16 times in a 12-6 loss in Game 3, Tepera said: “They play at Minute Maid and they’re doing something over there that’s a little different. It shows you how many swings and misses they had tonight compared to at Minute Maid. That’s why you have home-field advantage.

“It is what it is. They’ve obviously had a reputation of doing some sketchy stuff over there. It’s just, we can say that it’s a little bit of a difference.”

Tepera threw two scoreless innings in Game 3 and struck out three but did not fare better on Tuesday, allowing a run on a hit with no strikeouts over 1.2 innings pitched.

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Meanwhile, Correa — who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk in Tuesday's clincher — has never been shy about addressing any cheating allegations head-on in front of the camera, calling out Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers in spring training last year.

The Astros will meet the Red Sox in the ALCS — a rematch of sorts of the 2018 ALCS in which Boston won in five games, although the teams are much different this time around.

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