With the Red Sox deep into the postseason and now facing the equally analytically minded Astros, those little edges come at a premium. Picard's initial report even indicates that McLaughlin wasn't removed from the stadium - only the media area in which he'd been set up.
The seven-time All-Star started the series opener but missed Game 2 and didn't travel with the team after being hospitalized.
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.
The game within the game was front and center Tuesday night as MLB investigated an Astros employee allegedly keeping tabs on the Red Sox - to make sure the Sox weren't trying to gain an edge of their own, it appears - stationed in the box adjacent to their dugout at Fenway Park in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.More news: Canelo, Golden Boy Announce Major Deal With DAZN
Earlier Tuesday, a report by Boston Metro suggested that the Astros may have been caught cheating in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday.
The Associated Press also reported Houston attempted to get a second person next to Cleveland's dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series after the first employee was removed. The report said the man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential.
Asked if he thought anything untoward was going on at Fenway Park during Games 1 and 2, Cora said, "No, I don't". "I'm anxious about the game".More news: Sesame Street's Original Big Bird Is Saying Goodbye: Caroll Spinney Announces Retirement
"I'm always concerned about (sign stealing) throughout the season", Cora told reporters after the win. Doing such things without technology is surely done by every team in some way, as signs aren't changed often enough and pitchers tip their pitches at times. "We try to slow it down and if we feel there's something going on, we try to switch the signs". But did the Astros cheat?
Earlier this season, Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer intimated on Twitter that Houston's pitchers may have been using banned substances to improve the spin on their pitches. Bauer didn't provide any specifics or evidence to back up the claim, however.
Cora said before the game that Sale, the potential starter Thursday night, might throw a bullpen during Game 3.
Following the game, center fielder Jason Kipnis was critical of his team's performance and said he felt the Indians were overmatched. "They'll do what they have to do, but I just heard it today".More news: Julian Assange’s communications partly restored by Ecuadorian government
"I think thats an Major League Baseball issue so they'll do what they have to do".