Major League Baseball investigating Houston Astros' photographer during ALCS vs. Boston Red Sox

Doug Mendoza
October 18, 2018

After being alerted by the Sox, Major League Baseball is now looking into whether an Astros employee was videotaping Boston's dugout during Houston's 7-2 win in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

The Indians were concerned the man was attempting to view scouting reports Cleveland had on Houston's players, one person said.

That employee, identified as Kyle McLaughlin, was removed by security in Cleveland and Boston after he was caught aiming a cell phone into the team's respective dugouts from the photographer's pit.

After being approached by security, the man left without incident but a second person attempted to replace him several innings later and was denied access to the field area, the AP was told.

When presented with the details of the incident and the warning given to security heading into Game 1, a Red Sox spokesman said on Tuesday, "It is an Major League Baseball matter, so no one from the Red Sox would be commenting".

According to ESPN, the Astros were using the man to monitor the Red Sox and make sure they weren't doing anything outside the rules.

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There was no indication of any suspicious activity during Game 3 in Houston on Tuesday night, but the Red Sox were careful to change their pitch-calling signs throughout the night - something Manager Alex Cora said is fairly standard for the Red Sox.

"Somebody mentioned (it) to me right now". Cora said a decision on who will start will be made after Game 4.

A loud thud is heard, then audible laughter, followed by Castiglione piping in, matter-of-factly, "I just went head over heels in my chair". "I'm anxious about the game".

When pressed on whether he had any concerns about signs being stolen, Cora added: "I'm always concerned about that throughout the season". That was taken care of very early in the game. 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.

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.

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