Ryan Dempster drills Alex Rodriguez, benches warned, Joe Girardi ejected

August 18, 2013 - 4:46 pm
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Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster threw his first pitch of the second-inning (an 89 mph fastball) behind the knees of embattled Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, then, on a 3-0 fastball that registered at 92 mph, drilled Rodriguez in the left arm before hitting his ribs. Home plate umpire Brian O'Nora immediately issued emphatic warnings to both sides, but the absence of an ejection for the pitcher after missing inside on four straight fastballs prompted Yankees manager Joe Girardi to engage O'Nora in a heated dispute complete with the hurling of a cap to the turf that resulted in the New York skipper's ejection. The two dugouts and bullpens emptied but no direct confrontations between the two sides took place. Rodriguez, after being drilled, stood at home plate and looked out at Dempster but did not make a move in the pitcher's direction. He eventually took first and came around to score the first of two Yankees runs in the inning.
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