An unidentified man, who had been issued a credential before the October 8 game in Cleveland, was removed from an area near Boston's dugout for taking photos during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday, according to a report by Metro Boston and Yahoo Sports. The report said the man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential.
After being dispatched by the Astros in the first round of the playoffs, the Cleveland Indians apparently warned the Boston Red Sox that Houston might attempt to steal signs or information from their dugout.
The Astros have denied the accusation that there was any intent to cheat by, say, trying to crack the hand signals the Sox were using to communicate.
The Houston Astros, like many Machado, are doing everything possible in the last two days or so to ruin their reputation.
That was made very clear after Jackie Bradley Jr. busted Game 3 of the American League Championship Series open with an eighth-inning grand slam on Tuesday night. 'I'm anxious about the game'.
"We don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs", said Cora, who was Houston's bench coach last season when the Astros won their first World Series title. "We try to slow it down".
"I'm going to keep it really short". 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".
Sale struggled with his control in Boston's 7-2 loss to the Astros in the series opener Saturday night.
"No, I don't", he said.
Game four of the ALCS will take place Wednesday night in Houston.
Boston Metro's report said the Astros may have been caught in Game 1, but it also clearly was something that went back to Houston's ALDS series victory over the Indians. While he doesn't cite specific teams that have been placed under the microscope, it's worth remembering that the Red Sox themselves were fined in 2017 for illegal use of an Apple Watch in the dugout in an effort to steal signs from the division-rival Yankees. He was then removed from the media-credentialed area. "A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules", Major League Baseball said in a statement.
According to Yahoo, a pair of Major League Baseball players claimed to have witnessed the Astros banging a trash can in the dugout in recent years, ostensibly to indicate to the hitter what the upcoming pitch would be.