MLB Investigating Astros Employee For Videotaping Red Sox's Dugout

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

Tuesday night, New York Post baseball writer Joel Sherman said the Astros employee was monitoring the Red Sox dugout to see if Boston was improperly using a video monitor.

Red Sox security reportedly was warned about the man due to suspicious activity in Houston's ALDS against the Cleveland Indians.

No one from the Red Sox, Astros or Indians is commenting.

"I'm always concerned about that throughout the season", Cora said after Boston's Game 3 win over Houston. A Tony Kemp fourth inning home run gave Houston their first lead of the game at 4-3, but a Jackie Bradley Jr. two-run bomb gave Boston a 6-5 advantage in the sixth. The Astros didn't deny any details presented by Metro. He was then removed from the media-credentialed area. Passan adds that some clubs are "wary" that Houston may utilize its Edgertronic ballpark cameras, which can record 2,000 frames per second, in sign-stealing schemes.

This is not the first time this season the Astros have been accused of cheating.

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The report from Metro brought back memories of a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, who said the Red Sox think the Astros are great a stealing signs and adjusted their chain of communication accordingly.

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.

If anything, the series of reports serves as a reminder and/or an eye-opener that most, if not all teams throughout the league are willing to push the boundaries and utilize technology in an effort to gain a competitive edge. "If we feel there's something going on we switch the signs". Players, too, recognize the need for increased caution.

"It's part of the game now", Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart tells Speier. "... The game is changing". The game sequences, the signals that you come up with are insane.

However, according to Major League Baseball after investigating the matter, the Astros have been cleared of wrongdoing and that they didn't violate any rules.

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