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Report: MLB reviewing Dempster's throw at Rodriguez

TSN.ca Staff

8/19/2013 3:22:39 PM

Major League Baseball is reviewing an incident related to Alex Rodriguez again, but it's not necessarily the Yankees slugger who will be facing discipline this time.

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the league is reviewing Sunday night's game in Boston to see if it will hand down further discipline after Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster hit Rodriguez.

Both benches were warned and Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected after arguing with umpire Brian O'Nora.

Rodriguez then hit the 649th homer of his career to start a four-run sixth inning that carried New York to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Rodriguez, who went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, was suspended recently for 211 games by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case. He appealed the penalty and can play until there is a final decision.

"Whether you like me or hate me, what's wrong is wrong," he said of being hit. "That was unprofessional and silly."

Under the collective bargaining agreement, Rodriguez has the right to appeal.

"Whether I agree with everything that's going on, you do not throw at people and you don't take the law into your own hands," Girardi said. "You can't just start taking potshots because you disagree with the way the system is set up."

Girardi and Rodriguez said Dempster threw at Rodriguez intentionally. And Girardi said Dempster should have been ejected and should be suspended.

Rodriguez declined to comment on any punishment for the pitcher.

"I'm the wrong guy to be asking about suspensions," he said with a smile.

According to Olney, Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg and manager Davey Johnson could also face discipline from MLB. Braves pitchers hit Harper with two pitches in Atlanta's win over the Nats on Friday night. Strasburg then hit Justin Upton in the first inning on Saturday night and was ejected after throwing two straight pitches behind Andrelton Simmons' back.