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How talk of the Red Sox’s high-tech sign-stealing antics sparks conversation

Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer against the New York Yankees on Aug. 18 in Boston. Did he receive a signal on what pitch was coming? The team allegedly stole signs with the help of Apple Watches during the series.
Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer against the New York Yankees on Aug. 18 in Boston. Did he receive a signal on what pitch was coming? The team allegedly stole signs with the help of Apple Watches during the series. The Associated Press

Another Boston sports team is in the center of a rule-breaking fiasco.

The Red Sox used Apple Watches to steal signs from their bitter rivals during a series last month, according to a New York Times report.

In a series against the New York Yankees on Aug. 18-20 at Fenway Park, the Red Sox took two of three from their visitors in the weekend three-game set.

The Times report states that the hosts hit a home run Friday during the first at-bat in which the Red Sox had a batter on second base – the ideal spot where a player can pick up on the opposing catcher’s signals to the pitcher. Boston was 5 for 8 (.625) in that opener.

The Red Sox went 1 for 6 (.167) and 3 for 10 (.300) in the following contests.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn’t have a problem with sign stealing, but the method of how it was done this time is an issue.

"We actually do not have a rule against sign-stealing. It has been a part of the game for a very, very long time,” Manfred said, according to an ESPN report. “To the extent that there was a violation of the rule here, it was a violation by one or the other that involved the use of electronic equipment. It's the electronic equipment that creates the violation.”

The Red Sox join the city’s New England Patriots as teams accused of cheating.

The NFL team lost their top pick in the 2008 draft and coach Bill Belichick was hit with a $500,000 fine over the “Spygate” scandal in which the Patriots were caught filming signals in a 2007 game against their division rival New York Jets. Last season, superstar quarterback Tom Brady sat four games for his part in the team using underinflated balls against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 AFC championship.

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