, Gloucester, MA

August 20, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Dempster the dunce

It’s been really tough, nearly impossible, to make New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez look like the good guy recently given the 211 game steroid suspension he’s facing, but Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster may have done just that.

The Red Sox No. 5 starter, who has been woefully inconsistent this season, plunked ARod in the second inning of the Yankees 9-6 win Sunday. He clearly hit Rodriguez on purpose and probably should have been ejected from the game. Unfortunately for the Sox he was not.

Now hitting a guy on purpose has always been apart of baseball for better or worse and at least Dempster didn’t go after his head, but it was what he did after the hit by pitch that made the situation much worse.

Dempster when on to allow two runs in the inning erasing a 2-0 Sox lead and later surrendered a home run to a dialed in Rodriguez. Now Rodriguez is a lot of things, and a great baseball player is one of them regardless of his questionable conditioning practices.

Dempster’s bean ball woke up a sleeping giant and probably even cost the Red Sox Sunday’s game, not a good look for a team that has been slumping of late and clinging to first place in the American League East. Dempster was looking to send a message Sunday night, and unfortunately the Yankees were the ones that sent an even bigger message to the reeling Sox starter.

Foul mood

Chicago Bulls second-round pick Erik Murphy had a disastrous opening game in the Las Vegas Summer League. The 6-10 forward racked up a whopping 10 fouls in under 19 minutes of play and missed all six of his 3-point tries. In another game, he broke his nose.

Although as it turned out, he played very well, averaging 11.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting .548 from the floor and .500 on 3-pointers.

Championship pedigree

The Loyola Marymount basketball team has three sons of ex-NBA players: walk-on Chris Mullin Jr. (son of Hall of Famer Chris), reserve Adam Drexler (son of Hall of Famer Clyde) and C.J. Blackwell (son of Cory).

-Compiled by Nick Curcuruand Michael Muldoon