The allegations, which pointed to the use of an Apple Watch to send the Yankees' signs to the Red Sox dugout and then on to their players, were initially brought to the league via a complaint made by the Yankees last month.
The Boston Red Sox have been fined by Major League Baseball for using electronic equipment to steal signs given by a Yankees catcher this season, and NY has been fined a lesser amount for improper use of a dugout telephone in an earlier year. Pineda's mistake was to be so blatant about it that Red Sox manager John Farrell had to ask the umpires to check on the pitcher, and Major League Baseball effectively threw the book at Pineda, suspending him for 10 games.
The Tampa Bay Rays will return home to Florida following Hurricane Irma for what is now a truncated five-game homestand against the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. We've had the opportunity, we've just got to find a way to win games. That allowed the Red Sox to hold onto a three-game lead on the Yankees - who have won eight of 10 themselves - for the division crown with 16 games remaining.
At the Wednesday ballgame between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics, four fans displayed a banner reading, "Racism is as American as Baseball".More news: Power still out at 50 Florida nursing homes
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy, reacting to the anti-racism banner that was hung from the Green Monster Wednesday night, defended the area by telling WEEI, "Let me say this about Boston and the state of MA: we are extremely proud to live here and be here".
"Anytime you're up 5-2 going into the ninth with Alex, who I think is leading in saves, you feel good", Rays manager Kevin Cash said. For the season against Boston, he is 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA. They also got a few well-placed hits from pinch hitter Christian Vazquez, Sandy Leon and Bogaerts, whose single to left field scored pinch runner Rajai Davis with the tying run. The Rays had this game to win before imploding down the stretch, but before that they took it to the Red Sox ace early on. "Spiking a lot of the cutters and kept trying to go to it, but it wasn't there for him". Mark Canha doubled home the first A's run and had three hits - his second three-hit game of the season against Boston.
Against the Rays this season, Sale is 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA. Manfred said the evidence for that was insufficient. "It makes me not go home and stare at the ceiling".