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Red Sox used Apple Watch to steal signs from Yankees

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Red Sox used Apple Watch to steal signs from Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Boston Red Sox have reportedly admitted to Major League Baseball that they improperly used electronic devices to steal signs from their longtime rival New York Yankees.

The New York Times reported Tuesday the Red Sox used a high-tech watch to relay signs by the Yankees catchers during a series last month at Fenway Park.

The Times said the MLB probe started after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman filed a complaint with the commissioner's office that included video.

The newspaper said the video showed a member of Boston's training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and relaying a message to players.

Sign stealing is allowed, but electronic assistance is prohibited.

The Red Sox hold a narrow lead over the Yankees in the AL East race.

Healthy Chris Bassitt erratic but effective in A's 6-1 win vs. Rangers

Healthy Chris Bassitt erratic but effective in A's 6-1 win vs. Rangers

OAKLAND -- It's been almost three years since Chris Bassitt had Tommy John surgery. Although he did return to the majors in 2018, the A's right-hander never quite felt fully healthy.

Until now.

"To say that this is the best I've felt would be an understatement," Bassitt said Monday night, after he threw five scoreless innings in his season debut, a 6-1 A's win over the Texas Rangers. "My [velocity] is back, everything is kind of back. To be honest with you, tonight I was not really built up, and conditioning-wise wasn't that great, but I mean, yeah, I'm back."

The 30-year-old struggled a bit with his control at the Coliseum, issuing four walks, but he allowed just two hits and struck out seven.

"Effectively wild, I guess," Bassitt said, with a laugh. "It was kind of just fill the zone up with everything and hope for the best."

A's manager Bob Melvin concurred with that assessment.

"He can be a little bit on the effectively wild side, where he walks a couple of guys, he hits a guy, he goes 3-0 on you, and comes back and strikes you out looking," Melvin said. "It's really tough to figure out where he's going to throw the ball. One's moving, one's cutting, [he has] a real slow curveball. He can kind of slow you down and speed you up.

"He's got a lot of movement, and as the game progressed, he got more and more confidence."

Bassitt hoped to begin the year in the A's rotation, but he suffered a bruised shin when he was struck by a batted ball during one of Oakland's exhibition games in Japan. He recorded an ERA of 3.27, with 16 strikeouts in 11 innings, in three minor-league starts this season.

Now, Bassitt has his first major-league win of the 2019 season. He heaped praise on catcher Josh Phegley for guiding him through Monday's outing and helping him overcome his erratic control.

"It's definitely not fun to walk that many guys because you put yourself in awkward situations a lot," Bassitt said. "But I give a lot of credit to Phegley, just because I don't think I shook one time. Not only that, it was just more so in between innings talking to him and [him] saying, 'Listen, this is what we're going to do. Trust it and let's go get 'em.' "

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Despite keeping the Rangers off the scoreboard, Bassitt was frustrated he couldn't pitch deeper into the game to spare Oakland's bullpen. But Melvin was more than content with the outing.

"He gave us what we needed," the manager said. "He came out with a zero on the board and the lead. That's about all we could ask from him today. ...

"It was a great start for him. I know he was excited about his start and wanted to get off to a good start, and he absolutely did. So I know next time out, he'll have a lot of confidence."

A's clear crucial hurdle in push to build new Howard Terminal ballpark

A's clear crucial hurdle in push to build new Howard Terminal ballpark

OAKLAND -- The A's proposal to build a new waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal cleared a significant hurdle Monday night, as the California State Assembly Committee on Natural Resources voted 7-0 to move the legislation forward.

"With the 7-0 vote, they're really giving a resounding yes that Oakland should have the same time of waterfront [ballpark] as San Francisco, and that's a great thing," A's president Dave Kaval told NBC Sports California. "It's really the key step. These bills never die on the floor, they die in committee. And so the fact that we've gotten out of committee -- and this is kind of the key committee -- this is where we had to bring our supporters, our fans and everyone from the Green and Gold nation to make sure it happened."

Kaval noted that approximately 350 A's fans packed the State Capitol earlier in the day to rally in favor of Assembly Bill 1191, authored by Rob Bonta (D-California), in support of developing Howard Terminal for a new ballpark.

"We're pretty excited about the results and that so many fans came out," Kaval said. "I think that's what I was most excited about -- 350 fans, many of them traveled up from the Bay Area to spend an afternoon in Sacramento supporting the A's and our legislation. That's a big deal."

Kaval and the A's face another important vote Tuesday when they aim for approval to buy half of the Coliseum property from Alameda County for redevelopment.

"That's obviously transformative for our second project in Oakland," Kaval said. "We set forth in November with these two projects -- one at the waterfront and one here in East Oakland -- and we're making great progress on both, which is a great thing."

The next step for AB 1191 comes Wednesday in the Assembly Local Government Committee. As Kaval put it, "It's a week of votes."