Astros Suspected of Cheating In ALCS, ALDS

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According to the report, the man claimed to be an Astros employee, did not have a media credential and had a small camera while texting frequently.

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. "I'm anxious about the game".

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was unwilling to commit either way Tuesday after Boston's 8-2 win in Game 3 of the ALCS at Minute Maid Park, but the first-year skipper did reveal some positive news regarding Sale's availability moving forward.

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Security sources say they had been warned about the man, because of some suspicious activity in Houston's ALDS series against the Cleveland Indians. In response to these calls, the Commissioner's Office reinforced the existing rules with all playoff Clubs and undertook proactive measures, including instituting a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, increasing the presence of operations and security personnel from Major League Baseball at all Postseason games and instituting a program of monitoring Club video rooms. It was believed he was there to steal signs from the Boston dugout. So, I mean we do a good job of changing sequences and paying attention to details, and we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs.

While it's yet to be proven if the Astros were doing anything illegal, the two incidents have raised further questions about the use of electronic equipment during games and whether Houston has been cheating.

But the Astros may be the first team to ever get away with the "we were spying to make sure they weren't spying" excuse.

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The Red Sox lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Following Game 3, Indians starter Mike Clevinger alluded to the Astros having an advantage.

"I'm always concerned about (sign stealing) throughout the season", Cora told reporters after the win.

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He fell to the warning track, but after the training staff and manger AJ Hinch went out to check on him he stayed in the game. An RBI double that inning by right fielder Mookie Betts brought home the final Boston run and gave Kimbrel an extra cushion.

The report from Metro brought back memories of a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, who said the Red Sox think the Astros are great a stealing signs and adjusted their chain of communication accordingly. "If we feel there's something going on, we switch signs". The manager noted he had just recently heard the news, but maintained the matter is an issue for the league office. "I think that's an Major League Baseball issue". Bauer wasn't specific, but Astros pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Collin McHugh defended themselves on social media.

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