HOUSTON-The time-honored practice of Major League Baseball teams trying to decode opponents' signs is seldom detectable to the naked eye, and it is rarely openly discussed.
"Before the Postseason began, a number of Clubs called the Commissioner's Office about sign stealing and the inappropriate use of video equipment".
"We are aware of the matter, and it will be handled internally", Pat Courtney, MLB's chief communications officer, said Tuesday night, following Boston's 8-2 victory in Game 3 at Houston's Minute Maid Park.
The Red Sox Game 3 win in Houston lasted almost four hours, which is long for a baseball game, although postseason contests are often so lengthy. The Red Sox have taken the series lead against the Houston Astros.
The Indians entered the series concerned the Astros, who have been suspected of cheating in the past, had stolen some signs or had other useful information about them, one person said. In his report, Passan also identified the man removed from Game 1 as Kyle McLaughlin.
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Cleveland.com reports that the Indians have filed a complaint to Major League Baseball about Houston attempting to film inside their dugout.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski does not believe the matter had any influence on the outcome of Game 1, which Boston lost 7-2. It was reported that the man "had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential".
After the man was removed another Astros staffer intervened - according to sources who were on the scene - and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout.
Cora added: "I'm always concerned about that throughout the season. We try to slow it down and if we feel there's something going on, we try to switch the signs". "And we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs", he said.
After being asked about the man claiming to be an Astros' employee and the warning given to the Red Sox, an Indians spokesman said via email on Tuesday, "We are not going to comment on this situation".
Something sketchy went down at Fenway during Game 1 of the ALCS. Bauer didn't provide any specifics but his insinuations triggered a social-media storm, which included responses from several Astros players, including pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Collin McHugh.