ALCS: Bradley Jr. powers Red Sox to 2-1 series lead

ALCS: Bradley Jr. powers Red Sox to 2-1 series lead

Jose Altuve's ailing knee prompted manager A.J. Hinch to use Altuve as his DH in Game 3, shifting the versatile Marwin Gonzalez - who most frequently starts in left field - to second base and Kemp into the lineup.

During the Astros' series-clinching win on October 8 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, a man with a cellphone standing by the photographer's pit was removed "several times" by security personnel, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

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. All Clubs remaining in the playoffs have been notified to refrain from these types of efforts and to direct complaints about any in-stadium rules violations to Major League Baseball staff for investigation and resolution.

The incident - which led to the employee's being removed by security - is expected to lead to nothing more than a fine for the Astros, according to sources.

Prior to the post-season, Major League Baseball said "a number of clubs" called Commissioner Rob Manfred to express concerns about video equipment being used to steal signs.

MLB's statement confirms McLaughlin, the Astros employee, was monitoring the other team's dugout to ensure they were not violating any rules.

Neither the Red Sox or Astros provided further comments regarding the situation.

The Astros have denied the accusation that there was any intent to cheat by, say, trying to crack the hand signals the Sox were using to communicate.

The utilization of technology in sign-stealing efforts isn't likely to go away, and it'll continue to force teams and players into more rigorous efforts to protect signs. He was then removed from the media-credentialed area.

All of the suspicion surrounding the American League Championship Series has added to the length of each game, as both teams' catchers have routinely walked to the mound to confer with their pitchers, usually while covering their mouths with their gloves. Perhaps it takes one to know one. Bauer didn't provide any specifics but his insinuations triggered a social-media storm, which included responses from several Astros players, including pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Collin McHugh.

"A lot of stuff. A lot of things", Clevinger said when asked what happened. "But everybody was out there giving it their all, they just had some really good arms to back it up".

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