It's Moyer vs. Chipper in Sign-Stealing Fray

It's Moyer vs. Chipper in Sign-Stealing Fray

The baseball edition of "Grumpy Old Men" opened Saturday night in Denver, when Jamie Moyer challenged Chipper Jones over the Braves veteran's alleged sign-stealing while on second base.

The oldest pitcher in baseball had a 6-1 lead in the fifth when he gave up a double to the fourth-oldest hitter in the National League. With two out and Brian McCann at the plate, Moyer fell behind 3-0, came to the stretch position and turned to check on Jones at second. He evidently saw something he didn't like, because he stepped off, yelling at Jones. Chipper, now standing on the bag, yelled back.

McCann took the next pitch for a strike, then grounded a single up the middle, driving home Jones. Moyer struck out Dan Uggla to retire the side, but after the Rockies tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fifth, he allowed back-to-back homers and a single to start the sixth and was removed from the game. Atlanta scored five in the sixth and four in the seventh and won 13-9.

"That was all on Jamie Moyer," Jones told Mark Bowman of mlb.com, referring to the comeback and his own five-RBI night. "He woke a sleeping giant tonight. He started chirping, and it went all downhill from there. ... I have never relayed a sign to anyone while I'm on second base."

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