Red Sox manager Cora sees no sign of Astros skulduggery

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When asked if he felt like anything was going on the first two ALCS games at Fenway Park, Cora responded, "No, I don't". It's allowed, as long as teams only use their eyes.

A man claiming to be an Astros employee was reportedly removed from the media-credentialed area next to the Red Sox dugout.

MLB Chief Communications Officer Pat Courtney acknowledged Saturday night's incident in an email on Tuesday afternoon, saying, "We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally".

Astros manager A.J. Hinch had little to say on the matter after Tuesday's game.

After the man was removed another Astros staffer intervened - according to sources who were on the scene - and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout. Sale has since rejoined the club in Houston, and manager Alex Cora indicated Sale will likely throw a bullpen session Wednesday. "I'm anxious about the game".

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'Somebody mentioned (it) to me right now. "I don't think we were underprepared, they just went out and executed and played the way you need to play to win".

To add to the concern, Fenway security was reportedly warned about the man because of similar activity during the Astros' ALDS series against the Cleveland Indians. 'They'll do what they have to do. "He hit it today, but I would go there 100 more times". Remember that past year, the Yankees and Red Sox ended up in a dispute adjudicated by the Commissioner's Office over Boston's use of Apple watches in the dugout (which is against Major League Baseball rules) and the Yanks fear they were being used to real-time steal signs.

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. The good news is the next two are at home and they will likely need both of them to win the series. Ironically, it was the Red Sox who were fined by the league last season for using an Apple Watch in a sign-stealing scheme. It was done early in the game, caught early in the game.

Following the game, center fielder Jason Kipnis was critical of his team's performance and said he felt the Indians were overmatched.

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