Astros may have been cheating in Game 1 against Red Sox

Allegations against the team were first reported by Metro Boston yesterday, which got a tip that someone from the Astros clubhouse had been spotted hanging out in the press-designated next to the Red Sox dugout-a place he very much does not belong."The man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential", Metro's Danny Picard reports. In the top of the eighth inning, Mitch Moreland was hit by a pitch, which forced Pearce to score.

Cora was asked about the situation after Boston's 8-2 win in Game 3.

Sale struggled with his control in Boston's 7-2 loss to the Astros in the series opener Saturday night.

"I brought this issue to Major League Baseball previous year and thought that for pace of game, that could probably save 20 minutes a game", Verlander said. But the two incidents have raised questions about the use of electronic equipment during games and whether the reigning World Series champions were gaining an unfair edge.

The Metro USA report noted that Major League Baseball security had been warned about the man because of "suspicious activity" in the ALDS against the Indians. "So I mean we do a good job changing sequences and paying attention to details". 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.

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But the Astros may be the first team to ever get away with the "we were spying to make sure they weren't spying" excuse.

The Post cited an unidentified league source who Tuesday night said the investigation concluded that the Astros employee wasn't trying to steal signs, but instead but was acting on suspicions that the Red Sox, in fact, had been stealing Astros signs and was there to try to catch them in the act. "If we feel there's something going on, we switch signs".

Earlier this season, Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer intimated on Twitter that Houston's pitchers may have been using banned substances to improve the spin on their pitches.

Following Game 3, Indians starter Mike Clevinger alluded to the Astros having an advantage. Bauer didn't provide any specifics but his insinuations triggered a social-media storm, which included responses from several Astros players, including pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Collin McHugh. "I think it speeds up the game quite a bit, and hopefully can help alleviate some of this stuff that we see from pitchers with all these multiple signs".

  • Lawrence Cooper