SAN FRANCISCO — Boston’s Ryan Dempster accepted his punishment without admitting any misdeed.

Dempster was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for intentionally hitting New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last weekend.

While Dempster still maintains he was only trying to establish the inside part of the plate and wasn’t trying to hit Rodriguez on purpose, he will not contest the punishment and began serving it Tuesday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was fined for arguing with plate umpire Brian O’Nora for not ejecting Dempster.

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Dempster was scheduled to pitch Saturday at the Los Angeles Dodgers but now could be pushed back to next Tuesday’s homestand opener against Baltimore.


• The Indians released right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka at his request, giving the Japanese veteran a chance to catch on with another team after failing to secure a spot in Cleveland’s rotation.

• Astros catcher Carlos Corporan was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, one day after being struck in the head by a foul tip.

• Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was scratched from the lineup against the Detroit Tigers because he experienced dizziness in batting practice.

• Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando (shoulder) is on the disabled list for the third time this season. Left-hander Travis Blackley was called up from Class AAA Round Rock to take his spot in the rotation against Houston.

• The San Francisco Giants placed right-hander Chad Gaudin on the 15-day disabled list with carpal tunnel syndrome and designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment.