Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dempster begins suspension for plunking A-Rod

SAN FRANCISCO — Red Sox RHP Ryan Dempster accepted his punishment without admitting any misdeed.

Dempster was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for intentionally hitting Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez with a pitch on Sunday.

Though Dempster still claims he was trying to establish the inside part of the plate and wasn't trying to hit Rodriguez on purpose, he will not contest the punishment and began serving it.

"I thought about appealing," Dempster said. "At the end of the day, I think Major League Baseball does a really good job of thinking through punishments before they hand them out. I thought it was in the best interest of us as a team to go ahead and serve my suspension."

Rodriguez has drawn ire from other major-leaguers, including Boston RHP John Lackey, for playing while appealing his 211-game suspension. Dempster, a native of British Columbia, also told a Canadian sportswriter that Rodriguez once snubbed him at a charity event.

MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. announced the penalty two days after Dempster hit Rodriguez in the second inning at Fenway Park. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was fined for arguing with plate umpire Brian O'Nora.

Dempster's fine was $2,500 and Girardi's was $5,000, the Associated Press reported.

SANTANA PLANS COMEBACK: LHP Johan Santana, out all season after having a second surgery on his shoulder capsule, intends to pitch next season, his agent, Chris Leible, told the New York Daily News. Santana, 34, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, will be a free agent.

ANGELS: OF Mike Trout was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game to rest his tight right hamstring.

BLUE JAYS: RF Jose Bautista left the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees because of soreness in his left hip.

DODGERS: Rookie OF Yasiel Puig was out of the lineup because of a recent slump, manager Don Mattingly said. Puig also was fined for arriving late for pregame drills; he blamed traffic.

GIANTS: Former Rays RHP Chad Gaudin went on the 15-day disabled list with carpal tunnel syndrome, and OF Jeff Francoeur was designated for assignment.

INDIANS: Japanese RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka was released after going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts at Triple-A Columbus.

METS: A team doctor recommended Tommy John elbow surgery for RHP Jeremy Hefner, which would keep him out through most of next season. … RHP Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to have surgery within the next 7-10 days to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow.

RANGERS: RHP Alexi Ogando went on the disabled list with nerve inflammation.

REDS: LHP Tony Cingrani strained his lower back in the fourth inning and left for treatment.

TWINS: C/1B Joe Mauer was scratched after feeling dizzy during batting practice.

Dempster begins suspension for plunking A-Rod 08/20/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 9:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Countryside alum A.J. Andrews lands in ESPN's annual body issue


    A.J. Andrews has taken over the spotlight in softball. Last year, the former Countryside High and LSU standout became the first female to win a Rawlings Gold Glove in the award's 59-year existence.

    Former LSU/Countryside softball player AJ Andrews, now w/ Akron, is the first female to win a Rawlings Gold Glove in the award's 59-year history. (Courtesy of Rawlings)
  2. James Wilder Jr. back at running Canada


    Remember when former Plant High star and Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. announced he was switching to linebacker?

    That was short-lived, apparently.

  3. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  4. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  5. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)