There was no indication of any suspicious activity during Game 3 in Houston on Tuesday night, but the Red Sox were careful to change their pitch-calling signs throughout the night - something Manager Alex Cora said is fairly standard for the Red Sox.
That directly contradicts MLB's statement on the matter, which ended with the phrase "we consider the matter closed". The man's credential was requested by Houston, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. 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 Yahoo Sports report adds the Astros were suspected of stealing signs by the Oakland Athletics during a series in late August and by the Los Angeles Dodgers during last year's World Series, which Houston won in Game 7.
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The Indians, who were swept by Houston and eliminated in the first round for the second straight year, were concerned the man was attempting to view scouting reports Cleveland had on Houston's players, one person said.
Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski expressed mixed feelings over MLB's findings.
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.
"But every once in a while - and there have been multiple instances of us identifying suspicious activity - we reported it to Major League Baseball and we looked into it ourselves on certain cases and certain instances". A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules. The series is now being played with a cloud of suspicion.