An unidentified 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, according to a report by Metro Boston and Yahoo Sports. A few days later, the same man was ejected from an area in Fenway Park during Game 1 of the ALCS.
However, according to Major League Baseball after investigating the matter, the Astros have been cleared of wrongdoing and that they didn't violate any rules.
On Wednesday, MLB issued a statement saying its department of investigations determined "that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing club was not violating any rules".
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The Astros took Game 1 of the series back at Fenway Park in Boston, 7-2. The Astros didn't deny any details presented by Metro. Cleveland.com reports that the Indians have filed a complaint to Major League Baseball about Houston attempting to film inside their dugout. That probe actually revealed that McLaughlin was trying to determine whether the Red Sox themselves were illegally using video monitors to steal signs from the Astros. The Red Sox have taken the series lead against the Houston Astros.
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It's only been one game in Houston, and the Red Sox have already accomplished that, and in electrifying fashion as well. When asked if he thought anything was going on during the first two games at Fenway, Boston manager Alex Cora said, "No, I don't".
"I don't think that person was per se stealing signs", he said. Astros manager AJ Hinch said he was also aware of the report. "We try to slow it down and if we feel there's something going on, we try to switch the signs". He was in possession of a small camera and had been texting regularly while near the dugout.
The Astros beat the Indians to advance to the ALCS, where they trail the series 2-1 headed into Wednesday night's Game 4. He was then removed from the media-credentialed area.
Following MLB's ruling, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said the team has been proactive in policing other ballparks for "suspicious activity" and the team has uncovered some "multiple" times.