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Associated Press New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, center, points at Boston’s Ryan Dempster (46) while arguing with home plate umpire Brian O’Nora after Dempster hit New York’s Alex Rodriguez with a pitch Sunday in Boston.

Dempster suspended 5 games for hitting A-Rod


SAN FRANCISCO — Boston’s 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 New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last weekend.

While Dempster still maintains he was only 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 Tuesday.

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