Major League Baseball let Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster know they'll handle Alex Rodriguez's punishment on their own with no need for vigilante acts suspending Dempster five games for intentionally hitting the New York Yankees slugger Sunday night.

Dempster who was also fined an undisclosed amount was not ejected from the game Sunday after hitting Rodriguez in the second inning but MLB's punishment showed that home-plate umpire Brian O'Nora made a mistake by not ejecting the Red Sox starter.

"Whether you like me or hate that was wrong" Rodriguez told reporters Sunday night. "That was unprofessional and silly. It was kind of a silly way to get someone hurt on your team as well."

Dempster insisted he "was trying to pitch him inside" but it appeared that he was sending his own message against Rodriguez who is appealing a 211-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. It was the first time in Dempster's 16-year career according to the Boston Herald that Dempster hit a batter on a 3-and-0 count.

"You can't start throwing at people" Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday night and reiterated Tuesday morning. "Lives people have had concussions; lives are changed by getting hit by pitches. …

"That baseball is a weapon. It's not a tennis ball. It's not an incredi-ball that's soft. It's a weapon and it can do a lot of damage to someone's life and that's why I was so upset about it. You can express your opinion and be upset with someone but you just can't start throwing baseballs at people. It's scary. …

"Whether I agree with everything that's going on you do not throw at people and you don't take the law into your own hands. You don't do that.