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Don't vilify Dempster for plunking A-Rod

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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, center, is tended to by a trainer after being hit by a fastball from Boston starter Ryan Dempster.

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Boston Red Sox's Ryan Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez in the back in the second inning of Sunday's game.

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Ryan Dempster is being villified for going out of his way to hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch. But shouldn't any pitcher be applauded for plunking A-Rod even if it's just for the fun of it?
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    • New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, center, is tended to by a trainer after being hit by a fastball from Boston starter Ryan Dempster.
    • Boston Red Sox’s Ryan Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez in the back in the second inning of Sunday’s game.
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