Manfred's announcement confirmed the reports earlier in the month that the Red Sox illegally used electronic equipment to steal signs from the Yankees, by sending information from the video replay room to a trainer in the dugout.
Boston comes in with an 84-63 record and is 38-35 on the road, while Tampa Bay is 72-76 overall and 37-37 at home.
19 Times during their 22-game win streak that the Indians have scored first; they did again Friday against the Royals in a game that was not over by press time.
The Red Sox have 15 regular season games remaining.
For the Red Sox, trailing by three runs entering the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, it meant possibly having their lead in the American League East cut to two measly games with 15 to play.
The 13 extra-innings wins leads the majors this season, which is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to historical marks reached in this game. "There were some good things, there were some bad things, but turn the page, and go get the Red Sox on Friday". From his statement: "I have received absolute assurances from the Red Sox that there will be no future violations of this type". Jackie Bradley Jr. was 2-for-6 with a walk and a run.
"I know what happened, so no, we don't have to do any more investigation, and there won't be any internal fines", Dombrowski said from Tropicana Field, where his team opened a series against the Rays. Cobb has won his last two starts and is has traditionally had success against Boston, going 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 career starts. Sandy Leon and Xander Bogaerts followed with RBI singles to tie the score at 5. He couldn't find the cutter.
Against the Rays this season, Sale is 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Manfred's penalty was toothless for a franchise worth billions of dollars, and time will tell whether the get-out-of-jail free card will embolden other teams to try (or continue) to do the same - and whether they'll take the commissioner's warning against future violations any more seriously than a teenager who gets off with a warning. Mitch Moreland went 3 for 7 with a solo home run and two RBIs.