Game 4 of the American League Championship Series will mostly be remembered for Andrew Benintendi's clutch catch in left field and Mookie Betts's controversial play in right - and deservedly so - but the Red Sox wouldn't have emerged with an 8-6 win had it not been for incredibly timely hitting.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer further reports that the Indians filed a complaint with the league against the Astros following a pair of similar incidents in the ALDS and also reached out to the Red Sox to warn them prior to the start of the ALCS.
He stood out because he was wearing a suit jacket in a restricted area reserved for photographers, a member of the team's social media department and where TV reporters are permitted to stand, one of the sources said.
McLaughlin is not listed as an Astros employee, but is reportedly connected with team owner Jim Crane. 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.
MLB Chief Communications Officer Pat Courtney acknowledged Saturday night's incident in an email on Tuesday afternoon, saying, "We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally". According to the report, the Cleveland Indians spotted the same man - later identified by Yahoo Sports as Kyle McLaughlin, whose position with the Astros was unknown - in a similar spot doing similar things during the AL Division Series at Cleveland's Progressive Field. You see a lot of pitchers and catchers get crossed up now - it's insane. A fine is the most likely outcome, which will come off as a slap on the wrist by those who think the Astros have cheated their way to success.
Major League Baseball investigates suspected Astros cheating in ALCS Game 1
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. Per the report , the man had a small camera and was texting frequently.
In 2017, an Major League Baseball investigation concluded that the Red Sox orchestrated a scheme to illicitly steal opponents' catchers hand signals during games with the help of an Apple Watch. 'I'm anxious about the game'.
"Before the Postseason began, a number of Clubs called the Commissioner's Office about sign stealing and the inappropriate use of video equipment". Red Sox manager (and former Astros bench coach) Alex Cora agreed.
But Price can ensure a Game 6 never happens.
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. Granted, that stat is a bit skewed by the 16-1 shellacking against the Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, but it's an accurate representation of the big picture trend.
Red Sox radio play-by-play man Joe Castiglione is a first-hand exhibitor of such.