By RONALD BLUM and KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday after the pair were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team's sign-stealing during the Astros' run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season.
Commissioner Rob Manfred strongly hinted that current Boston manager Alex Cora -- the Astros bench coach in 2017 -- will face equally or more severe punishment.
Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros.
The Red Sox are under investigation for sign stealing in Cora's first season as manager in 2018, when Boston won the title.