Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/22/13
In an era of increasing intolerance for users of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball Alex Rodriguez has been the target of sharp criticism from his peers and on Sunday a fastball at his midsection from Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster. A-Rod has maintained that not everyone's against him and an unexpected figure rose to his defense Wednesday. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz stuck up for his pal and voiced disapproval of his teammate hitting A-Rod in a game in which Boston squandered a three-run lead and lost 9-6 to the New York Yankees. "I didn't like it. I don't think it was the right thing to do'' Ortiz told USA TODAY Sports. "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 u...
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