Ryan Dempster SP BOS 11 Months

Ryan Dempster allowed four runs over six innings in a win against the Tigers on Wednesday.

Dempster wasn't stellar but he didn't need to be, as the Red Sox offense provided him with 20 runs in support. He was plenty good enough, though, allowing six hits and two walks while fanning seven. He'll look to make it three wins in a row Tuesday against the Rays in Tampa.

Ryan Dempster SP BOS 11 Months

Ryan Dempster allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings in Friday's win over the White Sox.

His first start since his suspension for hitting Alex Rodriguez, Dempster held the White Sox to one run over the first six innings before running out of gas in the seventh. The veteran right-hander struck out five and walked three in the victory and now sits at 7-9 with a 4.75 ERA through 26 starts this season. His rotation spot could be in jeopardy when Clay Buchholz comes off the disabled list.

Ryan Dempster SP BOS 11 Months

Ryan Dempster could be booted from the rotation when Clay Buchholz (shoulder) returns from the disabled list.

The Red Sox haven't decided who will lose their rotation spot, but Dempster has struggled of late and is on the same schedule as Buchholz. The veteran right-hander will return from suspension to make a start on Friday against the White Sox.

Ryan Dempster SP BOS 11 Months

Ryan Dempster will make his next start next Friday against the White Sox.

Dempster is currently serving a five-game suspension for throwing at Alex Rodriguez on Sunday. He'll essentially skip a start, though it isn't much of an inconvenience for the Red Sox, as they have upcoming scheduled off-days on Thursday and Monday.

Ryan Dempster SP BOS 11 Months

Ryan Dempster will not appeal his five-game suspension and will begin serving it Tuesday.

Dempster, of course, was dealt the suspension for throwing at Alex Rodriguez Monday. The Red Sox will probably use Brandon Workman for a spot start over the weekend before Dempster returns to the rotation early next week.

Ryan Dempster SP BOS 11 Months

MLB has suspended Ryan Dempster for five games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Alex Rodriguez on Sunday.

No word yet on whether he'll appeal. It's worth noting that the Red Sox have upcoming off-days on Thursday and Monday, so they should be able to get by just fine if he begins serving the suspension immediately. In the end, it's not much of a punishment. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was also fined an undisclosed amount for his actions during Sunday's game.

Ryan Dempster SP BOS 11 Months

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that MLB will announce a decision Tuesday on how Ryan Dempster will be punished for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch Sunday.

Dempster claimed after the game that he was just trying to pitch Rodriguez inside, but it was pretty easy to see the intent behind it. He's likely looking at a brief suspension for his actions.

Ryan Dempster SP BOS 11 Months

Ryan Dempster allowed one run over seven innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Dempster muddled through two poor starts prior to this one, but the right-hander allowed just four hits and two walks in his seven innings on Tuesday. It was the first time Dempter lasted at least seven innings since June 14. He'll try to keep the train rolling when he faces the Yankees on Sunday.

Ryan Dempster SP BOS 12 Months

Ryan Dempster allowed five runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Wednesday.

Dempster was actually able to do some good things on Wednesday, as he struck out seven batters while not issuing a walk. Still, five runs against a bad Astros offense can hardly be considered a success. He didn't factor in the decision, remaining at 6-8 with a 4.67 ERA this season. He'll face the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday.

Ryan Dempster SP BOS 12 Months

Ryan Dempster has a 7.20 ERA in 20 innings over his last four starts.

He's given up 21 runs -- 16 earned -- on 30 hits and 12 walks in that span. Dempster was tagged for seven runs in six innings by the Mariners on Thursday, including a fifth inning grand slam by .178-hitting backup catcher Henry Blanco. "I've just got to execute better pitches,ƒ?? Dempster said after the game. Currently 6-8 with a 4.54 ERA, Dempster isn't worth using in mixed leagues until he turns it around.