Teams Furious MLB Let Astros Off the Hook on Cheating Scandal

HOUSTON TX.- OCTOBER 16 Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Boston Red Sox connects against the Houston Astros during the first inning of Game Three of Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas on O

The defending champions came under scrutiny after Cleveland filed a complaint about a man associated with Houston attempting to photograph or video the Indians' dugout last week.

That employee, identified as Kyle McLaughlin, was removed by security in Cleveland and Boston after he was caught aiming a cell phone into the team's respective dugouts from the photographer's pit.

McLaughlin is not listed as an Astros employee, but is reportedly connected with team owner Jim Crane. On that note sign stealing is a common practice in baseball, and somewhat easily done due to the down time in games that allow for keen observation. You see a lot of pitchers and catchers get crossed up now - it's insane.

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 man's credential was requested by Houston, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Sports Boston confirmed the report, and suggested this was not an isolated incident.

"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed", Hinch said.

"When I hit the ball, I was expecting to tie the game".

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he heard about the alleged incident.

Stealing signs is allowed, as long as teams only use their eyes.

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"The replay official said I was right", West explained.

Favorable close calls aside, the Red Sox are on the cusp of their first AL pennant since 2013 because of their offensive attack. 'They'll do what they have to do.

Ironically, it was the Red Sox who were fined by the league last season for using an Apple Watch in a sign-stealing scheme. And according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo!

In 2017, an Major League Baseball investigation concluded that the Red Sox orchestrated a scheme to illicitly steal opponents' catchers hand signals during games with the help of an Apple Watch.

The Red Sox had been warned before their series-opening game, the AP was told. David Price is set to toe the rubber for the Boston Red Sox, while the Astros send Justin Verlander to the bump, hoping for a win and a chance to extend their season.

Sale will pitch in Game 6 at the earliest.

Houston's Carlos Correa, who has struggled with back problems for months, had three hits and two RBIs for his first multihit game this postseason.

Major League Baseball has closed its investigation into cheating allegations against the Astros in the American League Division Series with the Indians.

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