It appears Major League Baseball wasn't buying the "just pitching inside" excuse.
MLB announced Tuesday that Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for "intentionally throwing at and hitting" Alex Rodriguez Sunday night.
Dempster has denied it was intentional.
Dempster says he won't appeal suspension and will begin serving tonight. "No point in appealing," Dempster said. "We have other things to worry about."
He will be eligible to pitch as soon as Tuesday night at Fenway Park against the Orioles.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was also fined for his blow up Sunday night which resulted in his ejection.
Red Sox manager John Farrell appeared on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio Tuesday and was asked about the "vigilante justice" that took place,
"Well there's no question... if someone takes something into their own hands, they've put that ahead of what we're about as a team. Now, we also recognize that there's a system in place that Alex Rodriguez is pursuing. and that's every bit his right."
It appears MLB had to do something, but they didn't do much.