Major League Baseball investigates suspected Astros cheating in ALCS Game 1

Kristopher Nichols
October 18, 2018

The same employee was removed from an area near Boston's dugout before Game 1 of the ALCS.

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.

Sale joined the Red Sox in Houston on Tuesday after being hospitalized for a stomach illness on the heels of Game 1 in Boston.

"With respect to both incidents regarding a Houston Astros employee, security identified an issue, addressed it and turned the matter over to the Department of Investigations".

To add to the concern, Fenway security was reportedly warned about the man because of similar activity during the Astros' ALDS series against the Cleveland Indians. Asked if he's concerned about signs being stolen, he said, "I'm always concerned about that throughout the season". To address those worries, the commissioner instituted a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, beefing up Major League Baseball security at games and monitoring video rooms.

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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.

After the Red Sox took a 2-1 series lead Tuesday night, Astros manager AJ Hinch said he "was aware of something going on" regarding the alleged incidents in Cleveland and Boston, but he chose not to comment directly. We do a good job changing sequences and paying attention to details and we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing. "We try to slow it down and if we feel there's something going on, we try to switch the signs".

In what could be considered a must-win game for the Astros, they'll have the chance to even up the series at two games apiece at home Wednesday night.

'I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed, ' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after his team lost 8-2 in Houston in Game 3 on Tuesday. "And then we'll go from there", Cora said after Tuesday's victory. 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. A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules. He also notes that the allegations raised against Houston are not the first to be brought up this season; in August, the Athletics called Major League Baseball to investigate the matter, however, the results of it are unclear.

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