(AP) — Alex Rodriguez was hit by a fastball on his first at-bat then homered to start a four-run sixth inning that carried the New York Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected after coming out of the dugout and hollering at plate umpire Brian O’Nora, who had warned both benches immediately after Rodriguez was hit by Ryan Dempster. The 3-0 pitch hit Rodriguez as led off the second inning. It struck his left elbow pad and ricocheted off his back.
Players streamed from the dugouts and benches of the longtime rivals, but no skirmishes developed.
The incident seemed to spark the Yankees, who were trailing 2-0 at the time.
Rodriguez, who went 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, was suspended recently for 211 games by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case. He appealed the penalty and can play until there is a final decision.
Boston’s lead in the AL East was cut to one game over Tampa Bay. The game took 4 hours, 12 minutes.