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The concerns over spying - high tech and low brow - obsess all teams now and that fixation spilled into the ALCS.

McLaughlin is said to be the same man who was discovered by security at Fenway Park with a camera in a credentialed area near the Red Sox dugout during Game 1 of the ALCS. That employee was removed.

The incident took place Saturday night in Boston. Smith gave up a home run to put the Sox back up after the Astros had tied the game up. Major League Baseball found that the employee was monitoring the Red Sox dugout to see if Boston was improperly using a video monitor.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a grand slam, Nathan Eovaldi hushed Houston a day after some social media trash talk and the Boston Red Sox beat the Astros 8-2 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.

"For him, I know it's a special one", Boston manager Alex Cora said.

Sign-stealing has been an issue all series.

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Security was tipped off to the man by the Cleveland Indians, according to multiple reports.

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 influx and increase of technology have swelled frets of spying and hacking within the game.

The Red Sox were caught stealing signs last season using a Fitbit product to communicate between a member of the organization in video replay room to the athletic trainer in the dugout. Correa has said subsequently that he began foraging in Houston's data because he was concerned the Astros - whose baseball operations department was run by former employees of the Cardinals - had illegally swiped proprietary information from the Cardinals.

When presented with the details of the incident and the warning given to security heading into Game 1, a Red Sox spokesman said on Tuesday, "It is an Major League Baseball matter, so no one from the Red Sox would be commenting". According to Passan, the Astros were the subject of a league investigation earlier this year.

Neither the Red Sox or Astros provided further comments regarding the situation.

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