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.