Major League Baseball investigates suspected Astros cheating in ALCS Game 1

Why two best teams in baseball aren’t putting up classic series

Left fielder Andrew Benintendi made a diving catch with the bases loaded for the final out, and the Boston Red Sox held off the Houston Astros 8-6 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.

But in a statement, it says they "consider the matter closed". The report said the man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential. That was taken care of very early in the game. Picard's initial report even indicates that McLaughlin wasn't removed from the stadium - only the media area in which he'd been set up.

The Astros beat the Indians to advance to the ALCS, where they trail the series 2-1 headed into Wednesday night's Game 4.

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

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

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer further reports that the Indians filed a complaint with the league against the Astros following a pair of similar incidents in the ALDS and also reached out to the Red Sox to warn them prior to the start of the ALCS. According to Houston's president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow, the employee was monitoring the Red Sox dugout for indicators that the Sox were attempting to steal signs from the Astros.

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch also was asked about the situation.

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. Red Sox manager (and former Astros bench coach) Alex Cora agreed.

"I don't like the implication that the Boston Red Sox were doing anything illegal", Dombrowski said. And we don't get caught up in the whole paranoia thing [with] the signs.

All of the suspicion has added to the length of each game, as both teams' catchers have routinely walked to the mound to confer with their pitchers, usually while covering their mouths with their gloves.

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.

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.

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