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Updated: Astros possibly got caught cheating in Game 1 of ALCS against Red Sox; Source: ‘This is a big story’

Lucy Burdge
October 16, 2018 - 8:08 pm

The Astros were reportedly caught cheating during Game 1 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Saturday night.

It is unclear what the team was trying to accomplish, but in the third inning of Game 1, security removed a man from the media-credentialed area next to the Boston Red Sox dugout who claimed to be an Astros employee, according to the report from Danny Picard of Metro Boston. The man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but was without a media credential.

After the man was removed, another Astros staffer reportedly intervened and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout. The man was allowed to stay in the ballpark but was not allowed back into the credentialed area.

Security had reportedly been warned about the man because of some suspicious activity in the Astros’ ALDS series against the Indians. It’s unclear if that warning came from Major League Baseball.

Pat Courtney, MLB’s Chief Communications Officer, acknowledged the incident in an email to Picard on Tuesday afternoon, saying, “We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally.”

An executive with another MLB team also commented to WEEI’s Rob Bradford on Tuesday night, saying, “This is a big story.” The source indicated this was not believed to be an isolated incident.

A Red Sox spokesperson told Metro Boston, “It is an MLB matter, so no one from the Red Sox would be commenting.”

Update: After the Red Sox' 8-2 win over the Astros, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that the matter had been taken care of early in Game 1 and did not impact the outcome in any way. Dombrowski said he had been briefed on MLB's investigation Tuesday but has been instructed by Major League Baseball to not to comment on any of the situation's particulars.

"That was taken care of very early in the game," he said. "That didn’t have anything to do with the game. Really, all I can say is it’s in Major League Baseball’s hands. It was done early in the game, caught early in the game. There are things they were dealing with. It’s in Major League Baseball’s hands. But it did not cost us anything."