Dempster Suspended, Girardi Fined 8/21/13
NEW YORK - Major League Baseball has handed down its punishment for Sunday's brushback incident between Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Dempster has received a five-game suspension for throwing at Rodriguez in the second inning of the Yankees' 9-6 win over the Red Sox. Dempster threw one pitch behind A-Rod's knees in Sunday's game at Fenway Park and two more inside before hitting the Yankees third baseman.
Dempster says he won't appeal the penalty.
People familiar with the discipline says Yankees manager Joe Girardi was fined $5,000 for racing out of the dugout and demanding Dempster be ejected for plunking Rodriguez. Girardi had called for the suspension before the Yankees' game against Toronto this afternoon, saying that it would be open season on Rodriguez if one wasn't handed out.
Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5 for violating baseball's drug and labor agreements but is playing while he appeals. Red Sox pitcher John Lackey criticized the rules last week for allowing A-Rod to play.