The last time Ryan Dempster took the mound, he couldn't catch a break - from the Yankees or, later, the commissioner's office.
The right-hander will look to get it together on Friday night as he leads the Boston Red Sox into a three-game series with the streaking Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.
In his last start, Dempster (6-9, 4.77 ERA) was pounded by New York, surrendering seven runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-6 loss on Aug. 18.
Most memorably, Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez after throwing behind him earlier in the same at-bat, leading to a five-game suspension from Major League Baseball.
"He's a guy that clearly knows his delivery," Red Sox manager John Farrell told the team's official website. "He knows his routine and what to prepare even if there's been an extended downtime, and more than anything, I think the downtime gives him a boost."
In his return from suspension, Dempster will look to snap a rough stretch that has seen him post a 6.81 ERA over his last seven starts....