MLB Investigating Astros Employee For Videotaping Red Sox's Dugout

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Down 2-1 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros have been dealt another blow - a complaint filed to Major League Baseball alleging a man associated with the Astros surreptitiously tried filming the Indians' dugout during a playoff game last week. The Red Sox have taken the series lead against the Houston Astros. The man, who did not have a credential, had a small camera and was texting frequently, per the report.

McLaughlin is not listed as an Astros employee, but is reportedly connected with team owner Jim Crane.

Sign-stealing has been an accepted part of baseball culture for decades, but technological advances have blurred the line between gamesmanship and cheating.

"We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally", an Major League Baseball spokesperson told Metro.

More to come from Houston. 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.

"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Sox. 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.

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"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game.

The stakes: For the Red Sox, a chance to reach the World Series.

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.

After the Indians lost the American League Division Series to the Astros in a three-game sweep last week, Cleveland said a man was seen with a cellphone standing by the photographer's pit at Progressive Field, the Indians' home park, October 8.

Whatever the Houston Astros were trying to do at Fenway Park during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday night, they got caught.