Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/21/13
With the Tampa Bay Rays just one game behind the Red Sox, the boys from Boston can’t stand to lose any unnecessary ground. The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry hit a fever pitch Sunday when embattled Yankees star Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate against Ryan Dempster. The Sox pitcher did his best to send a message to A-Rod, tossing one ball behind him, two inside and one eventually nailing the slugger. David Oriz stood up for his friend Rodriguez though, voicing disapproval of his teammate for drilling A-Rod, according to USA Today Sports. “I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was the right thing to do,” Ortiz said. “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 [Sabathia] was throwing 91 [mph] 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.” Dempster was suspended five games for the act. Filed under: Alex Rodriguez, Alison Smith, Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz, Headlines, Ryan Dempster

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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