How does Canadian pitcher Ryan Dempster feel about the 211-game suspension handed Alex Rodriguez for his connection to Biogenesis, the alleged performance-enhancing drug clinic?
The Boston Red Sox right-hander may have chosen to express his feelings on the subject with three pitches during Sunday night’s 9-6 loss to Rodriguez and the Yankees.
In the second inning, Dempster hit Rodriguez on the left elbow on a 3-0 pitch, the third inside pitch of the at-bat.
The hurler from Gibsons, B.C., claimed he was "just trying to pitch inside."
Rodriguez, who his appealing his suspension that lasts through the 2014 season, said Dempster’s action were "silly" and "unprofessional" but stopped short of calling for Major League Baseball to suspend the pitcher.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Dempster should be suspended. Girardi gave home plate umpire Brian O’Nora an earful after Dempster plunked Rodriguez and was subsequently ejected from the game.
"Ryan Dempster has hit six guys in the last 320 innings," a still-heated Girardi said after the game. "I’ll be really disappointed if he’s not suspended where he misses a start.
"They have a lot of days off and you could finagle something, like if he took the suspension [Monday] if he got suspended he wouldn’t miss a start. It has to cost him something."
Rodriguez got his revenge in the sixth inning, sending a Dempster pitch 446 feet into the centre-field seats, and finished 3-for-4 on the night
Asked if Dempster should be suspended, Rodriguez smiled.
"I’m the wrong guy to be asking about suspensions," he said. "Don’t ask me that question."
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