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Astros' McCullers denies making 'throat-slash' gesture at Royals in Game 4

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 12: Lance McCullers #43 of the Houston Astros reacts after the third out in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during game four of the American League Divison Series at Minute Maid Park on October 12, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 12: Lance McCullers #43 of the Houston Astros reacts after the third out in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during game four of the American League Divison Series at Minute Maid Park on October 12, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Rookie Lance McCullers pitched well for the Houston Astros on Monday in their ALDS Game 4 matchup with the Kansas City Royals. His six strong innings would have put him in line for a win were it not for the Houston bullpen's eighth inning meltdown.

After the game, an interesting claim was suggested by a few Royals players regarding McCullers' celebratory gesture after finishing the sixth inning: They said he made a 'throat-slash' gesture upon finishing the frame. As quoted on Twitter by Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star:

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McCullers didn't stay quiet about the claims made against him, though. He took to Twitter to issue a response:

Whether McCullers made the gesture, of course, doesn't matter considering the series is now tied and will be decided with a Game 5 at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday. Still, it serves as a demonstration of the emotional highs that go along with pressure-packed October baseball.

(h/t Houston Chronicle)