Major League Baseball says the Astros were definitely not cheating

Why two best teams in baseball aren’t putting up classic series

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The Red Sox are hitting a.333 with runners in scoring position in the ALCS, and they're a ridiculous.438 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

In the bottom of the first, with Boston having already scratched across two runs off right-hander Charlie Morton, who recorded just seven outs in his first start since September 30, the Astros fashioned what seemed a hasty response against Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello. 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. And we don't get caught up in the whole paranoia thing [with] the signs.

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

The Red Sox had been warned before their series-opening game, the AP was told.

According to the Metro report, which cited multiple security sources who were on the scene, the man in question was removed during the third inning of Game 1 on Saturday night at Fenway Park - but allowed to stay in the ballpark after another Astros staffer intervened.

If it can be proven the Astros were using a covertly placed "employee" and technology in an over-the-top way to steal signs, and all signs are pointing to that, they should and will be punished somehow.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he heard about the alleged incident.

Even though the Houston offense has not been up to par in this series, I'm still going to give Houston a slight edge over Boston for Game 4 at Minute Maid Park.

"The replay official said I was right", West explained.

Stealing signs is an issue that has surrounded Major League Baseball games for a decades, but it has been especially prevalent recently as technology continues to evolve. And according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! It's suspected the person, identified as Kyle McLaughlin, was trying to surreptitiously gather information about the Red Sox.

The Red Sox need to make him work, and not get behind in the count early. That's understandable. The Astros were caught red-handed, yet nothing came of it.

Price needs to shake off the nerves and pitch the game of his life, hopefully getting the monkey off his back and sending his team to the World Series.

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. But in the American League Championship Series, Bradley has morphed into a pint-sized David Ortiz.

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