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There's no fun watching A.J. Hinch sweat during MLB's sign-stealing investigation

SAN DIEGO — This is no fun, judging which is casting the greater shine, A.J. Hinch’s wedding ring or his forehead.

It’s no fun, noting his grip on the microphone stand, writing that down, because now the knuckles on his left hand are shining too.

His voice is breathier, or maybe it always had a thready finish, but because he stands accused of this thing, of riding a rigged system to a championship, it plays that way in your ear.

“I know you’re probably expecting this,” he says regarding the sign-stealing allegations, “but I can’t comment on it.