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MLB fines Red Sox and Yankees for improper use of technology in games

Key Points
  • The Major League Baseball's commissioner's office said it's fining the Boston Red Sox for misusing Apple Watches against the New York Yankees.
  • The Yankees will also pay a smaller fine.
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Red Sox busted using Apple Watch to steal signs from Yankees

Major League Baseball said it's fining the Boston Red Sox for misusing Apple Watches against the New York Yankees.

The investigation follows a New York Times report that the Red Sox used an Apple Watch to steal signals from the Yankees. A Red Sox trainer was caught looking at his watch and then relaying a message to players.

While decoding another teams' signs isn't against the rules, using technology to do so is forbidden.

MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred, Jr. said in a statement that he had investigated the complaint from the Yankees and that an undisclosed fine would be levied. The Yankees will also pay a smaller fine after the investigation determined that the team had separately violated a rule involving the use of the dugout phone in a prior season.

Manfred said the proceeds would be donated to hurricane relief efforts in Florida, but that future violations from any team could have more serious consequences.

— CNBC's Todd Haselton contributed to this report.