Boston newspaper accuses Astros of stealing signs during ALCS Game 1

Red Sox bullpen exceeding expectation thanks to shrewd moves from Alex Cora

Red Sox bullpen exceeding expectation thanks to shrewd moves from Alex Cora

The Astros went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position in the first home game of the series, which was played in front of a sellout crowd of 43,102 and included Astros Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and Houston Rockets stars James Harden, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. It's allowed, as long as teams only use their eyes.

Another Astros staffer reportedly intervened after the employee was removed from the section and tried to convince security the man was authorized to be in the credentialed area despite not having a media credential.

The incident was first reported late Tuesday afternoon by Metro Boston.

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.

"For him, I know it's a special one", Boston manager Alex Cora said. "I'm anxious about the game".

"Somebody mentioned (it) to me right now".

The Red Sox, Indians and Astros either declined comment or said Major League Baseball was handling the matter.

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Cora said he has been concerned throughout the season about Red Sox signs being stolen. 'They'll do what they have to do. They really did just a fantastic job over there of being ready and prepared before the series.

Sign-stealing has been an issue all series.

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. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

Bradley had caught the ire of many Red Sox fans while batting.210 during the first half of the season.

Overall view of Fenway Park during a game between between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park May 5, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Post learned that MLB's investigation into the matter already was complete before Game 3 began.

All of the suspicion surrounding the American League Championship Series 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.

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