The Indians have been accused of whistling while they work.
The Red Sox raised the issue after their 11-7 loss to the Indians at Jacobs Field last Monday night, saying the Indians were stealing their catcher's signs from a center field camera and relaying them to their hitters by whistle from the dugout.
"I heard a couple of whistles, and one of them came on a 500-foot foul ball [hit by Jim Thome] on a good pitch," Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek said. "I kept glancing into their dugout [trying to figure out who was doing the whistling]."
The Indians have been periodically accused of the tactic since Jacobs Field opened in 1994. Red Sox Manager Jimy Williams, a coach with the Braves before taking over the Red Sox, said he had heard rumors of the Indians' reputation "even when I came from the other league."
Williams complained to the umpires Monday night, and the camera was covered for Tuesday's game, which the Red Sox won in extra innings.
The slyly innocent Indians said the camera, and others scattered around the park and connected to their video control room near the clubhouse, are used to check on jumps their baserunners and outfielders are getting, or to see if an opposing pitcher is tipping his pitches.
"If we cheated at home, why is our road record so good?" Manager Mike Hargrove said, insisting he wasn't upset by the accusation. "This is the same team that accused [Albert Belle] of using a corked bat in the 1995 Division Series."