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Red Sox fined for stealing signs with Apple Watch, money will go to hurricane relief

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox is caught stealing second base in the fifth inning by Ronald Torreyes #74 of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 2, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

BOSTON — 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 New York has been fined a lesser amount for improper use of a dugout telephone in an earlier year.

The amount of the fine was undisclosed. It will be donated to hurricane relief efforts according to the MLB commissioner.

Manfred found insufficient evidence to support an allegation by Boston that the Yankees made inappropriate use of the YES Network against the Red Sox.

The New York Times reported this month that during an August series video clips sent to the commissioner’s office by the Yankees showed Boston assistant athletic trainer Jon Jochim looking at an Apple Watch. Jochim then relayed information to outfielder Brock Holt and second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was seen passing information to Chris Young.

Manfred said Boston’s owners and front office had no advance knowledge of what occurred.