ALCS: Bradley Jr. powers Red Sox to 2-1 series lead


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

The teams play again at 8:39 p.m. ET Wednesday in Game 4 in Houston. The man, who did not have a credential, had a small camera and was texting frequently, per the report.

The same man, who had been issued a credential before the October 8 game in Cleveland, was removed from an area near Boston's dugout for taking photos during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday. The Indians were swept by the Astros in the ALDS. Passan adds that some clubs are "wary" that Houston may utilize its Edgertronic ballpark cameras, which can record 2,000 frames per second, in sign-stealing schemes. The use of electronic devices is prohibited. The employee was removed from the area and relocated to another part of the stadium.

"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".

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Astros deployed McLaughlin to monitor whether the Red Sox were cheating on their side of the field.

Cora said he didn't think there was anything going on during the first two games of the series at Fenway. 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.

Eduardo Nunez started at third base for Boston after Cora benched him in favor of Devers in Game 2.

Red Sox shuffle lineup heading into Game 2 of ALCS
Devers then made two great plays at third base, including a do-or-die play to nail Jose Altuve on the run at first base. Cora disagreed with a strike call that resulted in Andrew Benintendi stranding the bases loaded in the fifth inning.

"This is what he said: 'I'm good enough, ' " Cora told reporters in Houston.

Asked if he thought anything untoward was going on at Fenway Park during Games 1 and 2, Cora said, "No, I don't". '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.

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.

Last year, the Yankees and the Red Sox both accused each other of spying.

According to the report, the Yankees had long held suspicions that the rival Red Sox were stealing signals at Fenway Park, and their claims were corroborated by the league after filing the complaint. Smith gave up a home run to put the Sox back up after the Astros had tied the game up.

With the Red Sox deep into the postseason and now facing the equally analytically minded Astros, those little edges come at a premium.