, Gloucester, MA

August 23, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Ortiz criticizes Dempster

Apparently the fans and media aren’t the only ones unhappy with Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster for intentionally throwing at Alex Rodriguez Sunday sparking a Yankees win. Teammate David Ortiz also took issue with Dempster’s actions.

“I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was the right thing to do,’’ Ortiz said to USA Today. “But we don’t all think alike, and the guy who did it, Dempster, is a great guy. It’s not that I didn’t think it was right because Alex and I are friends, because once you cross the white lines, everyone’s on their own.

“But we’ve got Tampa right on our heels, and that pitch woke up a monster in the Yankees’ team at that moment. You saw how the game ended up. CC was throwing 91 and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You’re talking about a good team that you can’t wake up. But we learn from our mistakes.’’

Matsuzaka finds a home

The New York Mets have reportedly reached a deal with recently released starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is supposed to debut in a Mets uniform tonight.

Injuries in the Mets starting rotation forced the team to pick up the right hander, who was recently released by the Cleveland Indians.

Matsuzaka pitched the first six years of his career in Boston and disappointed. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians during the offseason.

Big series alert

The Red Sox begin a huge three-game weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in LA (10:10 p.m.). Not only are the Sox and Dodgers in first play in their respective divisions, former Red Sox players Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez will be facing their former team for the first time since being traded a year ago.

John Lackey will face off with Ricky Nolasco on the mound tonight, Jon Lester squares off with Hyun Jin Ryu on Saturday and Jake Peavy meets Chris Capuano in the series finale on Sunday.

— Compiled by Nick Curcuru