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'Racism is as American as baseball' banner hangs in A's vs Red Sox game

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'Racism is as American as baseball' banner hangs in A's vs Red Sox game

BOSTON -- A few fans seated above the Green Monster dropped down a sign denouncing racism during the fourth inning of Boston's game against Oakland at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

The sign - draped over the top middle of the 37-foot Monster - had a black background with white letters that read: "Racism is as American as Baseball."

It was up for about one batter and the umpires asked it be removed because it was in fair territory. There was a spattering of boos from the crowd as Red Sox security forced them to remove it and escorted the people from their seats. A Red Sox spokesman said four people were escorted from the park and that one of them said they were inspired by Black Lives Matter.

It's not the first time that the Red Sox have responded to the topic of racism at the ballpark.

Earlier this season, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said after a game on May 1 that he was the victim of racial slurs and had peanuts thrown at him during the game.

The next day, Jones received a personal apology from Boston team president Sam Kennedy on behalf of the club. When he stepped up for his first at-bat of the game, he was also given an extended applause from the Fenway crowd.

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale stepped off the mound to allow the applause to continue.

"Just appreciative that action was taken and not everybody feels the same way as selected people," Jones said. "Sale, who works extremely fast, took his time and let it relish a little bit, so I appreciate the sentiments," Jones said after Boston won 5-2.

In August, owner John Henry said his team will lead the effort to change the name of Yawkey Way. The street is currently named after Tom Yawkey, who owned the team from 1933 to 1976 but refused to integrate the team from 1947 to 1959.

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.

Did A's take shot at David Price with Dennis Eckersley bobblehead tweet?

Did A's take shot at David Price with Dennis Eckersley bobblehead tweet?

Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley is back in Oakland this weekend to celebrate the renaming of Gate D at the Coliseum as Dennis Eckersley Gate.

The A's also gave away a bobblehead of Eckersley to fans in attendance on Saturday.

About two hours before first pitch, the A's tweeted a photo of the bobblehead with the caption "This Eckersley bobblehead is price-less."

Did the A's really just do that? Did they really take a veiled shot at Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price?

Eckersley and Price made headlines in July following a confrontation on the team plane. Price took exception to Eckersley's critical comments about a teammate during a Red Sox broadcast and verbally accosted the NESN analyst in front of his teammates on the plane.