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Red Sox accuse Machado of stealing signs in World Series

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After being labelled "dirty" during the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, Manny Machado has been called out again for using questionable tactics.

The Boston Red Sox have claimed they caught the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop stealing signs during Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday, according to Bleacher Report's Scott Miller.

"I wish I would have gone out there before the (Yasiel) Puig at-bat, before he came up in that situation, because I saw the whole thing," Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie said.

In the fourth inning with two runners aboard and Machado standing on second, he apparently fed signs to Enrique Hernandez (who struck out during his at-bat against Red Sox pitcher David Price) before also flashing signals to Puig, whose RBI single scored Machado. The hit gave the Dodgers their only lead of the series.

"Was it a little exaggerated? Yeah, maybe, but I saw the whole thing," LeVangie said of Machado. "I had told (Boston manager) Alex (Cora) I wanted to go (to the mound) before the Puig at-bat because I wanted to talk about some things.

"But when a guy gets a big punchout in that situation and a coach comes out to take a visit ... I didn't want to f--k with the momentum there because David got a huge strikeout."

After the Puig at-bat, LeVangie visited Price and catcher Christian Vazquez to make them aware of the sign stealing.

"I had a clear point I wanted to (make) after that at-bat because I saw Manny the entire time. I knew what he was doing," LeVangie explained.

While stealing signs isn't illegal, it has become a popular subject throughout the postseason after accusations of potential cheating surfaced during the ALCS between the Red Sox and Houston Astros.

LeVangie added that what Machado was doing is "clean" and something the Red Sox see "all the time."

The pitching coach said the Red Sox plan to disguise their signs better in Game 3.

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