NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball has suspended Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster for five games for intentionally throwing at the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.
Dempster threw one pitch behind A-Rod's knees in Sunday's game at Fenway Park and two more inside before hitting the Yankees shortstop.
Dempster could still play if he appeals the penalty.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had called for the suspension saying that it would be open season on Rodriguez if one wasn't handed out.
Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5 for violating baseball's drug and labor agreements but is playing while he appeals. Red Sox pitcher John Lackey criticized the rules last week for allowing A-Rod to play.