Ryan Dempster Suspended 5 Games for Hitting A-Rod

A five-game suspension and a fine have been given to Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster for hitting Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez in Sunday night's contest. Major League Baseball ruled Dempster intentionally hit Rodriguez with a 92-mph fastball on a 3-0 count in the top of the second inning. Later in the game, Rodriguez evened the score with Dempster when he blasted a home run off of the Red Sox starter to dead center field at Fenway Park.

MLB has not released the amount of the fine, but per MLB rules Dempster could appeal the suspension and play until the appeal is decided. However, if Dempster chooses to serve the suspension it would only cost him one start. 

Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, who argued passionately with the umpire and was tossed from the game after Rodriguez was hit, was also fined. Such a punitive action is automatic when a player or coach is thrown out of the game.


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