Red Sox aren't only team with cheating allegations against Astros

Oct 18, 2018, 01:58
Red Sox aren't only team with cheating allegations against Astros

Major League Baseball acknowledged Tuesday night after Game 3 of the American League Championship Series that it had investigated an incident three nights earlier, in which a Houston Astros employee was spotted in the camera well adjacent to the Boston Red Sox dugout at Fenway Park and reportedly aiming a camera into the dugout. The seven-time All-Star started the series opener but missed Game 2 and didn't travel with the team after being hospitalized. In the top of the eighth inning, Mitch Moreland was hit by a pitch, which forced Pearce to score.

With the Red Sox deep into the postseason and now facing the equally analytically minded Astros, those little edges come at a premium. The Red Sox dropped that game but have taken the last two.

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora does not think there was any amusing business going on during the first two games of the American League Championship Series. The Cleveland Indians declined comment. "I'm anxious about the game". The Astros only victory of the series, thus far, was Game 1.

Yahoo's Jeff Passan reported Tuesday night after ALCS Game 3 that the Red Sox were warned by the Indians, whom the Astros swept during the ALDS, that Houston would attempt to steal signs and information. "So I mean we do a good job changing sequences and paying attention to details".

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The utilization of technology in sign-stealing efforts isn't likely to go away, and it'll continue to force teams and players into more rigorous efforts to protect signs. And we don't get caught up in the whole paranoia thing [with] the signs. Asked if he's concerned about signs being stolen, he said, "I'm always concerned about that throughout the season". "I'm not concerned about it though".

This isn't the first time the Astros have been suspected of cheating. Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer tweeted during the regular season that Houston's pitchers may have been using banned substances to improve the spin on their pitches. 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.

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Following Game 3, Indians starter Mike Clevinger alluded to the Astros having an advantage. The manager noted he had just recently heard the news, but maintained the matter is an issue for the league office. "I'm going to keep it really short".