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Topic - Ryan Dempster
Thumping his chest as he rounded the bases.
Shane Victorino snapped out of another postseason slump at the perfect time.
Becoming a World Series star was far from the troubled mind of David Ross last summer.
The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals tied for the best record in baseball in the regular season. Each team led its league in runs, with solid starting pitching and a dominant closer emerging midway through the season.
Major League Baseball has sent a "heads-up" notice to the umpires working the series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, reminding the crew that the teams had a dustup the last time they played.
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was livid, veins bulging in his neck, as he peppered home plate umpire Brian O'Nora with profanity after Boston's Ryan Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez in the left elbow on a 3-0 pitch.
Alex Rodriguez said Wednesday he's cutting off all non-baseball talk after a wild weekend of accusations and retaliations on and off the field.
Dempster could still play if he appeals the penalty. Boston has off days Thursday and Monday, allowing him to serve the suspension while getting pushed back only a couple days in the Red Sox rotation.
Boston's Ryan Dempster accepted his punishment without admitting any misdeed.
Dempster threw one pitch behind A-Rod's knees and two more inside at Fenway Park on Sunday. Then his 3-0 pitch struck Rodriguez's left elbow pad and ricocheted off his back.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi insists it will be "open season" on Alex Rodriguez if Major League Baseball fails to suspend Boston's Ryan Dempster for hitting the star slugger with a pitch.
Life with Alex Rodriguez breaks down in strange ways for the New York Yankees.
Most guys in his place disappear for a while or else crumple up faster than a napkin.
Alex Rodriguez has been hit by a pitch in his first at-bat, prompting the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to clear the benches and bullpens at Fenway Park.
Alex Rodriguez got hit by a fastball from Boston starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning Sunday night, setting off an angry scene at Fenway Park and leading to the ejection of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
"You know, there's a way to police the game the right way, but injuries happen when players get hit," he said. "And you think about Nixy getting hit, I mean, the last thing you're probably thinking is you're going to have your hand broken by a knuckleball, but it hit just right. And I know that's part of the game, but you worry about players."
"That has nothing to do with it," Dempster said. "I think it has to do with taking my suspension and put it past. There's no point in carrying out an appeals process. We have other things to worry about and that's going out and winning a ballgame tonight against the San Francisco Giants. I'll take my punishment."