Citing security sources, Boston Metro reported that a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed from the credentialed area for media next to the Boston Red Sox dugout Saturday night at Fenway Park. Per the report, the man had a small camera and was texting frequently.
With the Red Sox trailing the Astros 5-4 in the top half of the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park, Bradley put his team back on top when he destroyed a two-out, two-run home run.
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.
Major League Baseball says an investigation has concluded that a Houston Astros employee seen taking photos or video near Cleveland's dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series was merely monitoring the field to ensure the Indians weren't violating any rules.
"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game. 'They'll do what they have to do.
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"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. "They'll do what they have to do, but I just heard it today". Passan also details a complaint filed by the Athletics, who alleged that the Astros were using a clapping-based system from the dugout to relay stolen signs to the players on the field during an August game.
Bradley struggled at the plate for the majority of the regular season, but he's getting hot at the ideal time as the Red Sox try to put away the reigning World Series champions.
All of the suspicion 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. It was done early in the game, caught early in the game.
Bregman couldn't go deep against Eovaldi as he and teammates George Springer and Jose Altuve had back in June, however - the back-to-back-to-back event he posted on Instagram on Monday - and for all the old-school love of making contact, the Red Sox's ability to hit the ball out of the yard made the difference.