The Red Sox lost to the New York Yankees last night, 9-6, but there were plenty of fireworks, including Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez in the second inning.

The first pitch from Ryan Dempster was thrown BEHIND A-Rod. After two more inside pitches, Dempster hit A-Rod on the elbow and ribs.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was thrown out arguing that Dempster should have been immediately ejected.

Red Sox announcer Dave O'Brien surmised that Dempster hit A-Rod on behalf of everyone in baseball

After the game, Ryan Dempster explained that he didn't hit A-Rod on purpose (although there were no reports if he was winking or his nose grew as he explained)

When asked after the game, if Ryan Dempster should be suspended, A-Rod had the line of the night, when he said that he was the last guy you (the media) should be asking about someone being suspended.

The Red Sox travel to San Francisco tonight to take on the Giants. The Red Sox are reportedly calling up their top prospect, 20-year-old shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts has hit .297 with an .865 OPS in 116 games for Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket this season. He has 15 home runs and 67 RBIs. Bogaerts will replace Brock Holt on the 25-man roster and serve as a utility player who can spell shortstop Stephen Drew.