Dempster lights out in three innings vs. Yankees

Dempster lights out in three innings vs. Yankees
March 3, 2013, 7:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Ryan Dempster wasted little time – and few pitches -- in his three-inning stint against the Yankees on Sunday.
 
Dempster had been scheduled to throw about 50 pitches in his outing. He needed just 28 pitches, 25 for strikes, though. He faced just nine batters, throwing first-pitch strikes to all. He gave up a lead-off single to Brett Gardner, who was erased when Dempster got Eduardo Nunez, the next batter, to ground into a double play, two of the six outs he got on ground balls.
 
Dempster, who was not involved in the decision as the Yankees beat the Sox, 5-2, allowed just one hit with two strikeouts.
 
“His command was outstanding,” said manager John Farrell. “Very good location throughout. He threw three pitches for strikes once again, and extremely efficient.”
 
Dempster kept a quick tempo, pitch to pitch, batter to batter. He was so efficient, in fact, Farrell had considered sending the right-hander back out for the fourth inning. Instead, Dempster went to the back of the Sox complex and threw another 20 pitches in the bullpen to get his pitch count up.
 
“A good day of pounding the right part of the strike zone,” Dempster said. “Got ahead of most of the hitters, and just tied to execute pitches.”
 
Catcher David Ross was pleased with Dempster’s performance.
 
“He looked good,” Ross said. “Fastball was good. Location was really on for this early. He’s further along than I would say most guys are for this point. Threw the ball really well. His slider was really sharp, good split-finger changeup. I thought he threw really good. Obviously a lot of first-pitch strikes.  I always judge it on first-pitch strikes. We’re trying to get ahead of hitters, and early on in spring training the location’s really good but he was pumping in there to a lot. Yeah I thought he threw the ball really well.”
 
Unlike some pitchers, Dempster does not have a problem facing division foes in spring training.
 
“Yeah, they get to see you but you also get to see them and practice against the guys you’re going to be facing,” he said. “So, for me, whoever I end up facing, it’s no different. As it gets closer to the beginning of the season you try to keep away from facing guys you’re going to face. But inevitably you’re going to have to do that. So just go out there and get your work in.”