Doug Fister's Mouthguard Mistaken as Audio Device by Yankees in MLB Complaint

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Doug Fister #38 of the Boston Red Sox checks a runner during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees filed an official complaint with Major League Baseball after mistaking a mouthguard around Boston Red Sox pitcher Doug Fister's ear for an audio device.

Per Evan Drellich of Comcast SportsNet, the complaint came after Fister held the Yankees to four hits and one run over seven innings in Boston's 4-1 win on Sept. 1.

Drellich noted the YES Network broadcast showed 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."

This news comes one day after Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reported the Red Sox were using electronic devices "to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents' catchers in games against the second-place Yankees and other teams" after the Yankees filed an official complaint to MLB.

The report notes the Red Sox also filed a complaint to MLB alleging the Yankees use a camera from the YES Network broadcast of games to steal signs.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has not yet said how and if he will discipline the Red Sox for their use of electronic devices to steal signals.

The Red Sox enter play Wednesday leading the Yankees by 3.5 games atop the American League East.