In the ninth inning of Wednesday night's epic ALCS Game 4 between the Red Sox and Astros, Castiglione was taken aback by Boston left fielder Andrew Benintendi's game-saving, game-ending catch. But really, it's hard to blame him: Benintendi's play ended an eventful Game 4 and helped the Sox take a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.
Major League Baseball confirmed in a statement it was also aware of a report by Metro Boston that a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed from a credentialed area near the Boston Red Sox dugout during the ALCS opener at Fenway Park.
With respect to both incidents regarding a Houston Astros employee, security identified an issue, addressed it and turned the matter over to the Department of Investigations. The employee, reported by Yahoo's Jeff Passan to be Kyle McLaughlin, was said to be pointing a small camera into the Boston dugout.
There has been no denial by Major League Baseball, the Red Sox, Astros, or Indians regarding the incident or any of the aforementioned details.
The Red Sox have now averaged 6.5 runs per game in the playoffs.
"We are aware of the matter, and it will be handled internally", Pat Courtney, MLB's chief communications officer, said Tuesday night, following Boston's 8-2 victory in Game 3 at Houston's Minute Maid Park. "That didn't have anything to do with [the outcome of] the game".
The statement says their thorough investigation showed the person who was watching the Indians' dugout was just making sure Cleveland was not cheating.
"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game. And we don't get caught up in the whole paranoia thing [with] the signs.
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.
"Somebody mentioned it to me right now", Cora said during postgame interviews.
For the Boston Red Sox, his primary goal was playing the outfield, a job at which he has generally excelled.