While still maintaining his innocence Tuesday Ryan Dempster decided not to appeal the five-game suspension handed down by MLB. He started serving the penalty with Tuesday’s game against the Giants.

Dempster insisted Tuesday that he was just trying to pitch inside when in the second inning of Sunday’s tilt between the Yankees and Red Sox he hit Alex Rodriguez with a fastball. On what appeared to be at least the second try.

“No I’m just accepting the suspension because I think it’s the best thing for us an organization” Dempster said. “We’re trying to go out and win a division and get to the ultimate goal. You know I’m just going to accept my suspension and move past it. Put the incident behind us and just go out there and continue to play baseball like we did last night.”