"I wish I had the signs, especially with a guy like Verlander. You can use all the help you can get. But I didn't have them at that point."While many players, including Mauer, got a chuckle out of the video, Kubel pointed out that some of the subtitles were incorrect on what pitches were being thrown. "[The video said] a fastball or curveball, and it was a changeup," Kubel said. "Otherwise I would have hit it. I mean, if you look, Joe, even on first base, he's always touching his face and his ear, and he's doing it without looking at the catcher, too." The Twins scoffed at the notion of Mauer tipping pitches, but Tigers catcher Gerald Laird, who was behind the plate in the video, told the Washington Post that the Twins have a reputation for stealing signs. But after Thursday's game, Laird had watched the video and said he didn't see much evidence of it happening there. "It didn't look like that big of a deal," Laird said. "We watched Kubel's at-bat ... and it didn't look like he was really on that many pitches. It was just one of the things that was said, and we took a look at it." No one in the Twins' clubhouse denied that there are attempts by teams to steal signs, but Gardenhire seemed to find it funny that his team was being accused of actually being able to do it. "That's the best they can come up with?" Gardenhire said. "Every team in baseball tries to steal signs. Every team in baseball tries to get the coaches' signs, the manager's signs, so ... really, that's old stuff." Morneau added, "Guys do it, but Joe is not one of them, I know that."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.