Los Angeles (AFP) - Boston manager Alex Cora said he was aware of reports that Major League Baseball was probing a Houston Astros employee's use of a camera near the Red Sox dugout in their playoff series opener.
"Somebody mentioned it to me right now," Cora said in Houston after the Red Sox beat the Astros 8-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
"I think that's an MLB issue. They'll do what they have to do. But I just heard today."
MLB told Boston Metro, the first outlet to report on the incident, that the matter was being handled internally.
According to reports, the Astros employee was seen using a small camera and texting, with speculation immediately surfacing that the Astros were stealing Red Sox signs -- decoding the signals that catchers use to tell pitchers what type of pitch to throw or the third-base coach's signs to the batter.
"I'm always concerned about that throughout the season," Cora said of potential sign stealing. "So I mean we do a good job changing sequences and paying attention to details.
"And we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs. We try to slow it down. If we feel there's something going on we switch the signs," he said, adding that he didn't have any feeling that the Astros had somehow cracked the Red Sox signs during the first two games of the series in Boston.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch had little to say on the matter after Tuesday's game.
"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed," he said. "I'm worried about the game."