Anything goes when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox get together.
The two bitter AL East foes added another chapter to their epic rivalry on Sunday night at Fenway Park when Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster hit Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the elbow with a fastball in the top of the second:
Yankees manager Joe Girardi also wasted little time emerging from the dugout to argue with the umpire and demand that Dempster be ejected from the game. But unfortunately for New York, Girardi's plan backfired, as he was instead sent off for his reaction. ESPN's Buster Olney on Twitter:
It appears as if A-Rod got the last laugh on this night, as Rodriguez hit a towering home run off Dempster in the sixth inning, and ended up going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in a 9-6 Yankees win. After the game Rodriguez talked about the plunking (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com):
Girardi was clear on how he felt about the second inning at-bat (via Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York and David Lennon of Newsday):
Although the Red Sox and their fans need little reason to dislike Rodriguez considering he's worn pinstripes for the past 10 seasons, the endless controversy surrounding his suspected performance-enhancing drug use certainly has done him no favors and definitely hasn't helped his image with the rest of Major League Baseball's fans.
Sunday's incident comes just two days after Red Sox pitcher John Lackey made some headline-worthy comments with his thoughts on Rodriguez, making it clear that he doesn't believe the aging Yankees slugger should be allowed to play during appeal of his 211-game suspension.
Lackey's comments sparked Sports Illustrated writer Joe Sheehan to ask the following question:
It's highly unlikely Lackey would have an issue in that case, but it won't be long until we know about any consequences Dempster will face.
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