Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said the New York crowd's constant heckling may have played a role in Jose Altuve's hitless performance in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Yankees.

"The fans were extremely hard on Altuve tonight," Baker told reporters. "He's exerting a lot of effort, maybe too much effort."

Tuesday marked the Astros' first game in Yankee Stadium with fans since they were punished for their sign-stealing scandal in January 2020. Baker, who's been an MLB player or coach since 1968, was happy the jeers didn't turn into anything more serious.