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MLB Commish Rob Manfred Sox Guilty Of Stealing Signs ... Fined Undisclosed Amount

9/15/2017 2:17 PM PDT
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MLB commish Rob Manfred just dropped the hammer on the Red Sox ... fining the club an "undisclosed amount" of money for stealing signs using banned electronic devices.

Baseball investigators determined the BoSox violated MLB rules by "sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout."

While Manfred did not specify the amount of the fine ... he did say the cash would go towards Hurricane Irma relief in Florida.

The Sox weren't the only ones lighter in the wallet ... the commish says he determined the Yankees broke a rule prior to the '17 season, so he fined them also.

The amount ... "lesser undisclosed amount" -- also going to storm relief.

We spoke with Manfred last week in D.C. while he was still conducting the investigation ... and he told us the scandal was just a "reflection of competitive activity between two clubs."

MLB Commish Rob Manfred On BoSox Cheating Claims: They Just Wanna Win!

9/7/2017 12:45 AM PDT
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Everybody relax ... MLB commish Rob Manfred says allegations the Red Sox stole signals from the Yankees with an Apple Watch just proves how competitive they are!!!

No, really ... that's what he told us!

We saw the Commish in D.C. this week and asked him about the biggest scandal in baseball -- claims a Red Sox trainer used an Apple Watch to relay Yankees signals to Boston players to give their hitters an advantage. 

"Look, I think it's a reflection of competitive activity between two clubs," Manfred told TMZ Sports ... "I'm sure we'll investigate and reach a resolution that preserves the integrity of the game."

When asked if the Red Sox would forfeit the wins from the games in question, Manfred said, "I'm not gonna talk about potential discipline at this point. We haven't even completed the investigation."

The baseball boss did weigh in on another HUGE impact tech could have on the game -- and he definitely ain't about it ... at least not yet.

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera Attacks Yankees Catcher ... Benches Clear!

8/24/2017 1:29 PM PDT
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Forget Mayweather vs. McGregor ... it was YANKEES VS. TIGERS in Detroit -- when Miguel Cabrera got into a fistfight with Yanks catcher, Austin Romine, and the benches cleared!

Here's the backstory .... Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer had drilled Yankees star, Gary Sanchez, earlier in the game. Yanks reliever Tommy Kahnle retaliated by throwing behind Cabrera. 

Kahnle and Yankees manager, Joe Girardi, were both ejected over the pitch -- but Cabrera was still unhappy and straight socked Romine behind home plate. 

Pandemonium ensued ... the benches cleared -- and the Yanks relievers came SPRINTING from the bullpen to join the melee. 

Cabrera and Romine were both ejected. The game is still underway ... 

Reggie Jackson I Love Aaron Judge ... But Half A Season Doesn't Make Him Great

7/25/2017 4:18 PM PDT
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Aaron Judge is killin' it, but don't go retiring his number just yet ... so says Yankees legend Reggie Jackson, who told us the rookie phenom still has a lot more to prove.

Mr. October was RAVING about Judge when we ran into him at LAX --  saying he's showing serious signs that he could be one of the best to ever do it -- but notes, "One half season doesn't make a great player."

It's been a helluva 1/2 season -- already racking up 32 HRs (tied for the MLB lead).

But Reggie warns it doesn't get easier -- Judge is gonna have to make some key adjustments if he wants to be one of the greats.

BONUS -- Reggie also talks sex at the end of the clip ... by accident.

Still funny, though.

NY Yankees Aaron Judge Rocks 'Sandlot' Inspired Shirt ... Sales Skyrocket

6/13/2017 4:51 PM PDT
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YOU'RE KILLIN' ME JUDGE!!! 

Actually, NY Yankees star Aaron Judge is murdering sales records for a shirt company -- after he rocked a 'Sandlot' inspired button-up ... and they started flying off the shelves. 

After the Yanks beat the Orioles on Saturday, Judge sported "The Great Hambino" shirt to address the media in the locker room ... and people went crazy for  his outfit. 

In fact, we spoke with the owner of the clothing company, RSVLTS, who tells us Sunday was the company's best sales day ever -- they sold more than TWICE as many shirts  as usual (and usual is 100s of units). 

Long story short ... Judge is just as hot in the fashion world as he is at the plate. 

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge Hits Record Long Home Run ... At 496 Feet, Gooooodbye!

6/11/2017 1:23 PM PDT

The New York Yankees are lucky to have Aaron Judge on their squad, 'cause he hits 490-plus-foot home runs ... like this. 

The Yankee Outfielder and bonafied slugger hit a BOMB Sunday against Orioles pitcher Logan Verrett in the bottom of the 6th inning at Yankee Stadium ... taking the righty deep at a whopping 496 feet. 

It's apparently the longest HR ESPN has recorded since 2009, and certainly the longest in the MLB this year. He's got 21 home runs for the 2017 season so far.

Judge is having a helluva week. He knocked out the hardest hit home run of the season earlier this week at 121 mph. See ya!

Yankees Stud Aaron Judge Secret Broadway Superfan

6/6/2017 6:12 AM PDT
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NY Yankees mega-slugger Aaron Judge ... loves musicals!!! 

The power-hitting rookie was at CC & Amber Sabathia's PitCCh In Foundation charity event in NYC Monday night when we asked the one thing NY newbies should do when they get to the Big Apple.

His answer -- BROADWAY!!!

The 6'7" superstar even has a favorite play ... and says he keeps some of the songs on his playlist. 

See, Meryl Streep -- sports and the arts CAN co-exist!

David Ortiz 'Hopefully' I'll Get Ceremony ... Like Derek Jeter

5/15/2017 9:08 AM PDT
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Big props from Big Papi ... who says Derek Jeter's jersey retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium this weekend was so incredible, he hopes to have one just like it at Fenway Park.

David Ortiz was out in NYC when he told us #2's ceremony was "perfect" -- adding, "He deserve it, man."

We also asked the Red Sox legend if Jeter will go down as the greatest Yankee of all time. Papi seemed to sign off on that. 

And if baseball's not your thing -- Ortiz also gave us some recommendations on the Dominican food we HAVE to try. 

Bon appetit. 

Yankees Prodigy Clint Frazier Reggie Jackson Mentors Me ... We're Froyo Bros

2/7/2017 2:45 PM PST
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The NY Yankees are FIRED UP about their big 22-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier -- who says Reggie Jackson is personally mentoring him ... even taking him out for froyo! 

Frazier was the #5 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft -- and some say he could be the next GREAT home run hitter in the majors. 

The Yankees are clearly believers -- and when we got Frazier out in NYC, he told us how he's been learning from one of the all-time greats, Mr. October. 

No pressure, kid.

Goose Gossage I Still Kinda Hate Bryce Harper ... But No Lie, Kid Can Play

9/17/2016 12:25 AM PDT

Goose Gossage still really, really, really doesn't like Bryce Harper and thinks he's a "punk" ... but good news, Bryce ... Gossage doesn't hate you as much as he did back in March!

If you remember ... Goosage threw all kinds of shade on Harper a few months back ... calling him a "fool" and claiming Bryce has no respect for the game.

So, when we ran into the Yankees legend out in NYC ... we wanted to know if he's cooled on Harper ... and could maybe one day see a future with the Nats star in pinstripes.

Answer ... maybe? Gossage semi-unloads on Harper, calling him a "punk" ... but has to admit, the kid's got skills on the baseball diamond.

See ... time does heal some wounds ... kinda.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman Real Interest In Tebow 'Can't Deny There's Potential'

9/10/2016 1:05 AM PDT
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Tim Tebow came a lot closer to following in the footsteps of Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle than we thought ... because Yankees general manager Brian Cashman tells TMZ Sports the team gave real consideration to signing the ex-NFL star.

"We certainly thought a lot about it," Cashman tells TMZ Sports ... "there’s a lot of characteristics about his reputation and character that are really attractive."

In fact, Cashman says the Yanks sent TWO scouts to Tebow's MLB workout in L.A. last month. 

Of course, Tebow ended up signing a minor league contract with the NY Mets -- and Cashman says he thinks the guy could have real value as a baseball player down the road. 

"He’s a legitimate athlete, no question about it. So you can’t deny there’s potential, something there. But it’s an uphill battle." 

Cashman makes it clear he has nothing but respect for Tebow -- but explains why the Yanks ultimately decided he wasn't the right fit for pinstripes.

Yankees Hero Jim Leyritz I Woulda Let A-Rod Play ... He's Earned It

8/12/2016 3:42 PM PDT
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Jim Leyritz -- the guy who blasted one of the most famous home runs in Yankees World Series History -- says if he was running his ex-team ... he'd let A-Rod play as long as he wanted to.

A-Rod had said publicly that he wanted to play 3rd base during his final game Friday night -- but Yanks skipper Joe Girardi nixed the idea ... only allowing him to be a DH instead. 

Some people are upset saying A-Rod deserved to go out on his own terms -- others say screw him, he's a cheater and doesn't deserve anything. 

So, we put it up to Leyritz -- who played with Joe G. back in the day -- and he says in this situation, he disagrees with his old teammate. 

"The guy's one of the greatest 5 players to ever play ... I would've played him until he wanted to stop."

Leyritz also says he thinks the decision may have been out of Joe's hands -- and even suggests Yanks brass took measures to ensure A-Rod wouldn't reach 700 home runs in pinstripes. 

Derek Jeter & Hannah Davis MARRIED!!

7/9/2016 8:45 PM PDT
Breaking News

Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis are MARRIED ... tying the knot tonight in front of friends and family at a Napa Valley resort!!

Jeter, 42, married Davis, 26, at the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort in St. Helena, California. People first reported the wedding.

Davis -- who's a Sports Illustrated model -- wore a custom made dress designed by Vera Wang.

The couple dated for almost 4 years before getting hitched.

Congrats!!

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