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Red Sox feel Yankees going out of their way to harrass them

Red Sox feel Yankees going out of their way to harrass them

BOSTON -- The Red Sox may well have cheated in an attempt to steal signs. That does not eliminate a feeling for the Sox that the Yankees have been going out of their way to mess with them -- as a matter of retribution or simply regular business under team president Randy Levine.

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It’s not just allegations of sign stealing via an Apple Watch that the Yankees have brought forth.

After Doug Fister’s outing Friday at Yankee Stadium in a 4-1 Red Sox win, the Yankees went to MLB with a complaint about what they thought to be an earpiece -- some sort of impermissible audio device -- that Fister was using, baseball sources with knowledge of the complaint told CSNNE.

The purported audio device was a mouthguard that Fister was wearing wrapped around his ear.

The YES Network’s telecast captured Fister walking around in the Sox dugout in the top of the eighth inning, once his outing  was over, with the mouthpiece lodged around his ear. It did give the appearance of a bulky hearing aid, but also was not a mystery that required MLB's involvement to solve.

A review of the telecast did not show Fister ever took the mound Friday with the mouthguard around his ear.

Fister, who is scheduled to start Thursday vs. the Blue Jays, was not in the clubhouse by the time the media arrived after a 19-inning, 3-2 Sox win early Wednesday morning.

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J.D. Martinez says slow free-agent market won't affect his opt-out

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J.D. Martinez says slow free-agent market won't affect his opt-out

FORT MYERS, Fla. — J.D. Martinez isn’t letting the frozen free-agent market get to his head.

Martinez signed a five-year, $110 million deal late last February, though the slugger can exercise his opt-out clause following the 2019 season. Sunday at JetBlue Park, Martinez was asked whether the uncertainty of free agency affects his thoughts on a possible opt-out at the end of the year.

“I don’t really think it does,” he said. “Personally, you listen to obviously Scott [Boras] and their advice, and that’s what they’re really good at. But at the end of the day I know my value and I know what I bring to the table, and I really don’t kind of look at that. I kind of judge me on me.”

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Monday morning on WEEI’s “Mut and Callahan,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the team has had talks of an extension with ace Chris Sale, but not Martinez.

Xander Bogaerts had a different answer when asked whether the slow free-agent market could affect his future plans. “You obviously have to think about it,” said Boston’s homegrown shortstop.

With Martinez, Sale, Bogaerts, and Mookie Betts all on the verge of hitting the market, the Red Sox brass has their work cut out for them in 2019.

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