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

Red Sox bash host Astros to capture Game 3 of the ALCS

Red Sox bash host Astros to capture Game 3 of the ALCS

In the eyes of Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros did not violate any rules related to spying on the Red Sox, or any team, during the 2018 postseason.

The Astros beat the Indians to advance to the ALCS, where they trail the series 2-1 headed into Wednesday night's Game 4. It's still fishy and the league told the Astros not to do that anymore and report it to the proper authorities. A report by 92.3 The Fan, a radio station in Cleveland, said that the Indians also removed a man wearing an Astros media credential from the camera bay in Game 3 of the Division Series at Progressive Field.

MLB's statement confirms McLaughlin, the Astros employee, was monitoring the other team's dugout to ensure they were not violating any rules. 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.

"We are aware of the matter, and it will be handled internally", Pat Courtney, MLB's chief communications officer, said Tuesday night, following Boston's 8-2 victory in Game 3 at Houston's Minute Maid Park. And we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs.

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

"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game. While he doesn't cite specific teams that have been placed under the microscope, it's worth remembering that the Red Sox themselves were fined in 2017 for illegal use of an Apple Watch in the dugout in an effort to steal signs from the division-rival Yankees.

"Before the Postseason began, a number of Clubs called the Commissioner's Office about sign stealing and the inappropriate use of video equipment".

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All of the suspicion surrounding the American League Championship Series has added to the length of each game, as both teams' catchers have routinely walked to the mound to confer with their pitchers, usually while covering their mouths with their gloves. The Red Sox, for example, were seen calling out Luis Severino's pitches during the ALDS.

The Red Sox Game 3 win in Houston lasted almost four hours, which is long for a baseball game, although postseason contests are often so lengthy.

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