FORT MYERS, Fla. – Ryan Dempster wrapped up his spring training with a four-inning outing Friday afternoon in a losing effort to the Twins at Hammond Stadium. Dempster gave up three runs on three hits and a spring-high three walks with four strikeouts, as the Red Sox lost, 8-3.
The Twins got two runs off Dempster in the second when Chris Parmelee walked with one out, taking third on Wilkin Ramirez’s double. Eduardo Escobar’s double to left scored both runners.
Minnesota added another run in the fourth when Ryan Doumit and Parmelee opened the inning with consecutive walks. Ramirez grounded into a force out, putting runners at the corners. Escobar’s single scored Doumit.
In six Grapefruit League starts, spanning 21 2/3 innings, Dempster posted a record of 1-2 with a 3.74 ERA. He gave up nine runs on 18 hits, including two home runs, and seven walks with 14 strikeouts.
All the runs he allowed this spring came in his last four starts, spanning 16 2/3 innings. Dempster was satisfied with his spring.
“He should be happy,” said manager John Farrell. “He got through it healthy and gained arm strength as he went along. I thought he used all his assortment of pitches (Friday) and to finish out with 70-some pitches, which was the outing we designed for him, he goes into the start of the year in good shape.”
The right-hander is scheduled to start the third game of the season, against the Yankees in New York on Thursday.
“I’m ready for the season to start,” Dempster said. “It’s exciting and good to get through camp healthy and I’m looking forward to going out there on Thursday and pitching.
“It’s been a really good camp, for healthwise, getting through it really good. My pitches are coming together really nice. It’s been a lot of fun.”
In his career, Dempster has made just three appearances in Yankee Stadium – in the old stadium in 1998 and 2000 with the Marlins, and in the current park last season with the Rangers. He is 0-3 combined, with a 9.72 ERA, giving up a combined 18 earned runs over 16 2/3 innings. He is looking forward to pitching there as a member of the Red Sox.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “it’s probably a really unique experience that you don’t experience playing for anther team, just that rivalry and things like that. At the same time you just got to control your emotions and go out there and treat it like any other game, even though I think the players are the only ones that do that. But it’ll be a lot of fun.”