Ryan Dempster Suspended 5 Games for Hitting A-Rod

Updated: 08/20/2013 2:46 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste



Ryan Dempster of the Boston Red Sox has been suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball for intentionally hitting Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with a pitch.
    
The penalty was announced Tuesday by MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. He also fined Yankees manager Joe Girardi for arguing with plate umpire Brian O'Nora on Sunday night.

Dempster threw one pitch behind A-Rod's knees and two more inside at Fenway Park on Sunday. Then his 3-0 pitch struck Rodriguez's left elbow pad and ricocheted off his back. 

In the sixth inning Rodriguez came back and hit a home run off of Dempster.

Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5 for violating baseball's drug and labor agreements but is playing while he appeals.
    
Dempster could still play if he decides to appeal the penalty.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.