Plunked: Alex Rodriguez got hit by a fastball from Boston starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning Sunday night, setting off an angry scene at Fenway Park and leading to the ejection of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
A-Rod answered with his bat four innings later by hitting his 649th career home run, prompting even more boos and derisive chants. The solo shot began a four-run, go-ahead inning that sparked the Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Red Sox.
The game between the longtime rivals quickly turned testy, with the benches and bullpens clearing in the second and the teams being warned about beanballs by plate umpire Brian O’Nora.
Dempster appeared to take aim at Rodriguez, recently suspended for 211 games by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case. (Photos: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images, Michael Dwyer/The Associated Press)