Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

MLB Clears Astros of Any Wrongdoing in Sign-Stealing Scandal

MLB Clears Astros of Any Wrongdoing in Sign-Stealing Scandal

Bradley delivered the knockout punch to the Astros with the biggest hit of his career, making it an 8-2 lead for Boston to all but wrap up a victory in Game 3 and guaranteeing that the Red Sox can not lose this series without at least making a trip back home to Fenway Park first.

On Wednesday, two people familiar with the situation said the Astros attempted to get a second person next to the Indians' dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series after another man was removed earlier by security for taking pictures with his cellphone. He was in possession of a small camera and had been texting regularly while near the dugout.

In the third inning, security confronted the man, who did not have a credential for that area.

After the teams picked up a split in Games 1 and 2 back in Boston, most Red Sox fans (myself included) likely had the mindset that the team just needed to find a way to win one game in Houston and get the series back to Fenway.

The report from Metro brought back memories of a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, who said the Red Sox think the Astros are great a stealing signs and adjusted their chain of communication accordingly.

"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Sox.

'Somebody mentioned (it) to me right now. "I think that's an Major League Baseball issue".

"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game.

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. The Astros only victory of the series, thus far, was Game 1. He said he was making sure the Red Sox weren't trying to steal signs. In response to these calls, the Commissioner's Office reinforced the existing rules with all playoff Clubs and undertook proactive measures, including instituting a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, increasing the presence of operations and security personnel from Major League Baseball at all Postseason games and instituting a program of monitoring Club video rooms.

"It's part of the game now", Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart tells Speier.

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