Dempster gets 5-game suspension

Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster received a five-game suspension and undisclosed fine for intentionally hitting the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, Major League Baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. announced Tuesday.

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

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday before his team's doubleheader against Toronto that Dempster needed to be suspended or it would be "open season" on Rodriguez.

"You just can't throw at someone because you don't like him or disagree with the way something's being handled," Girardi said "If a player is suspended for throwing at someone, they're going to get their appeal," Girardi said. "Are we going to throw that out, too? So, I mean, this is what's been negotiated."