The Cleveland Indians filed a complaint following Game 3 of the AL Division Series after an Astros employee was observed aiming his cellphone into their dugout and taking pictures or video.
Just because he's doing postseason analysis for Fox Sports 1 doesn't mean he's going to hide the fact that he's very clearly rooting for the Boston Red Sox against the Houston Astros. Cleveland.com reports that the Indians have filed a complaint to Major League Baseball about Houston attempting to film inside their dugout. Two people familiar with the situation said the Astros tried to get a second person next to the Indians' dugout after the employee was removed by security.
Steve Pearce hit a tiebreaking solo homer for Boston off Joe Smith in the sixth inning, a drive that sailed just inside the foul pole in left field for a 3-2 lead.
Major League Baseball is expected to make a statement on the matter Wednesday but is not expected to hand down any fines or other punishment, USA Today reported. The man, who did not have a credential, had a small camera and was texting frequently, per the report.
"I'm going to keep it really short". Cora told reporters he is always concerned about potential sign-stealing throughout the season, adding Boston does a "good job" changing sequences and paying attention to details. It's arguable that these tactics are of in the spirit of more "traditional" sign-stealing methods that have been employed for decades (e.g. runner on second base looking in on a catcher's signs), though the advent of technology obviously presents new methods of gaining that edge - methods that exist in what is at best an ethical gray area. "We try to slow it down".
Red Sox manager Alex Cora ejected from Game 1 of ALCS
Houston's George Springer extended his postseason hitting streak to 11 games with two hits, including a two-run double. Kimbrel, now in his third year with the Red Sox , had a solid year, saving 42 games with a 2.74 ERA.
When asked if he felt like anything was going on the first two ALCS games at Fenway Park, Cora responded, "No, I don't".
This is not the first time this season the Astros have been accused of cheating.
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer went on Twitter earlier this season and intimated that Houston's pitchers were possibly using pine tar to improve the rate of spin on pitches. 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.
Following Game 3, Indians starter Mike Clevinger alluded to the Astros having an advantage.
"We can play at any park", Eovaldi said.