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While the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros were playing Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park, you can bet that just about every baseball fan in New England was sitting on the edge of their seat and gritting their teeth. Earlier in the day, Major League Baseball had issued a statement that concluded the Astros did not violate any rules and proclaimed the matter is "closed". The man, who did not have a credential, had a small camera and was texting frequently, per the report. This wasn't an isolated incident and should be taken very seriously. Picard's initial report even indicates that McLaughlin wasn't removed from the stadium - only the media area in which he'd been set up.

Boston Metro's report said the Astros may have been caught in Game 1, but it also clearly was something that went back to Houston's ALDS series victory over the Indians.

"I'm always concerned about (sign stealing) throughout the season", Cora told reporters after the win.

Earlier Tuesday, a report by Boston Metro suggested that the Astros may have been caught cheating in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday.

There has been no denial by Major League Baseball, the Red Sox, Astros, or Indians regarding the incident or any of the aforementioned details.

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According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Astros deployed McLaughlin to monitor whether the Red Sox were cheating on their side of the 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. With the bases loaded and the Red Sox leading 4-2, Bradley turned on a 1-1 pitch from Roberto Osuna and drove it deep into the seats in right center field.

Sign-stealing has been an issue all series.

The Red Sox had been warned before their series-opening game, the AP was told. "If we feel there's something going on we switch the signs".

Boston is managed by Alex Cora, who is in his first year on the job after serving as bench coach last season for the world champion Astros. And we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs. 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. At least if they did that, they could take their chances in Games 6 and 7 at home.

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