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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.


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.