A-Rod gets plunked, takes revenge with homer and Yankees win
The Red Sox took on the Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game series Sunday at Fenway Park with New York clinging to postseason hopes 8.5 games back in the AL East. Boston jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, and then Alex Rodriguez led off the top of the second:
The Fenway Park crowd chanted "You're a cheater" to Rodriguez, who is playing while he appeals a 211-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use and other infractions. Dempster threw two more pitches inside and finally plunked Rodriguez on a 3-0 count:
"Ryan Dempster has hit six guys in the last 320 innings," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "He threw the first ball behind him, intentional. He threw the next one inside, he didn't hit him, intentional. At some point, Brian O'Nora has got to give him a warning. And he should've thrown him out of the game is the bottom line."
Dempster on whether the beanball was intentional: "No, I was trying to pitch him inside."
"Whether you like me or hate me, that was wrong," Rodriguez said. "It was unprofessional and silly. Kind of a silly way to get somebody hurt on your team as well."
Both benches were warned, and Joe Girardi (later ejected) was a bit upset.
The Yankees tied the score at two later in the second and A-Rod tallied an RBI groundout to give New York a 3-2 lead an inning later. Boston had regained the lead by the time Rodriguez strode to the plate against Dempster in the sixth and did this:
A-Rod was emotional as he rounded the bases.
And made sure the Fenway faithful knew about it.
Denzel (and the guy next to him) were impressed.
The Yankees, who never retaliated for the hit-by-pitch, would lead 7-6 by the end of the sixth and go on to win, 9-6.