Ryan Dempster suspended for beaning Alex Rodriguez

Ryan Dempster suspended for beaning Alex Rodriguez

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi points at Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster while arguing with home plate umpire Brian O'Nora after Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch, Aug. 18, 2013. (AP photo/Michael Dwyer) Yankees manager Joe Girardi points at Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster while arguing with home plate umpire Brian O'Nora after Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch, Aug. 18, 2013. (AP photo/Michael Dwyer)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Major League Baseball has suspended and fined Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster for "intentionally throwing at and hitting Alex Rodriguez" of the Yankees in Sunday's game at Fenway Park, according to Joe Garagiola, an MLB executive.

Unless Dempster appeals the discipline, the suspension is scheduled to start Tuesday night when the Sox take on the Giants in San Francisco. The suspension could be symbolic because the Sox have a few off-days and Dempster may not have to miss a start.

In the top of the second inning Sunday, Dempster tossed one pitch behind Rodriguez, then two inside, and then finally hit him in the left elbow pad. The ball ricocheted off A-Rod's back.

Umpire Brian O'Nora warned both teams' benches as well as Demptser after the beaning, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi sprinted out of the dugout and screamed at O'Nora for not tossing Dempster from the game. O'Nora ejected Girardi.

That tirade cost Girardi; MLB announced Tuesday that it also fined Girardi for arguing with O'Nora.

Before the disciplinary action was announced, Girardi said that it would be "open season" on Rodriguez, who is mired in a PED scandal, if MLB doesn't suspend the pitcher.

After Tuesday's day game, Girardi told reporters he would not directly comment on Dempster's suspension, but implied that five-game suspensions for any starting pitcher does not have an effect. He also said he was not aware that he had been fined.

"Was I fined?" he said to reporters. "I was not aware of that."

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