Astros Struggling To Find Answers For Red Sox’s ‘Relentless’ Offense

Florence Fletcher
October 19, 2018

The Red Sox said: "It is an Major League Baseball matter, so no one from the Red Sox would be commenting".

The Indians warned the Red Sox about this behavior prior to Boston's American League Championship Series confrontation with Houston. The Yankees, too, were also fined for violating a rule pertaining to the use of the dugout phone, and there have been similar reports that other teams believe the Yankees use the YES Network to steal signs from opponents. Catchers have always communicated with pitchers using hand signals, and anyone steal those signs could alert the hitter as to what kind of pitch to expect.

With all of that in mind, teams are furious the league is opting to downplay the issue, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Sign-stealing has always been a part of baseball, but technological advances have created complications.

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. The man, who did not have a credential, had a small camera and was texting frequently.

Both Dombrowski and manager Alex Cora said they did not feel that the Astros gained any advantage.

The Astros claim they deployed McLaughlin to the Red Sox area to protect themselves from covert spying measures.

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'Somebody mentioned (it) to me right now. 'They'll do what they have to do.

The MLB has cleared the Astros of any wrongdoing in regards to their alleged sign stealing, but the dust clearly hasn't settled.

According to Yahoo, a pair of Major League Baseball players claimed to have witnessed the Astros banging a trash can in the dugout in recent years, ostensibly to indicate to the hitter what the upcoming pitch would be. David Price is set to toe the rubber for the Boston Red Sox, while the Astros send Justin Verlander to the bump, hoping for a win and a chance to extend their season.

The Astros trail the Red Sox 2-1 in their best-of-7 ALCS. That's understandable. The Astros were caught red-handed, yet nothing came of it. Porcello has gone back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen this postseason, working in relief in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees before pitching five solid innings and locking up the decision as Boston clinched that series in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium on October 9.

During the early innings in Game 3, the Indians became aware that the man standing near their dugout in Progressive Field was aiming his cellphone into their dugout and taking pictures.

Houston's Carlos Correa, who has struggled with back problems for months, had three hits and two RBIs for his first multihit game this postseason.

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