Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 5/24/13
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump Ryan Dempster's struggles continued in a bad way last night against the Indians in Terr Francona's return to Fenway. The strike-throwing, innings-eating Ryan Dempster that the Red Sox saw in the early stages of the season has been missing in action, and last night marked the bottom of the barrel to date for the 36-year-old right-hander. Dempster was the first of many Red Sox pitchers to take their lumps last night in the near four-hour, 12-3 beatdown at the hands of the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park, allowing four runs on five hits with four walks in a season-low three innings of work. There wasn’t a need to mince words for Dempster following the outing, as he bluntly said he needs to make better “quality pitches” several times to get major league hitters out. It’s just not happening right now. “I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Dempster said. “The last couple games I haven’t been throwing the ball the way that I throw it. I’ll get back to doing that.” Herald: Struggles start to mount for Ryan Dempster In his last three outings, Ryan Dempster has been horrendous: 12.2 IP, 20 H, 15 ER, 11 BB, 12 K, 10.66 ERA, 2.45 WHIP The most most glaring stat out of that line is the 11 walks. Dempster is a guy known for being a consistent strike-thrower who isn't afraid to attack the zone. The 36-year-old had 52 walks in all of 2012 with the Cubs. This year, he has racked 29 walks; on pace to easily surpass last year. Let's hope it's just a bad stretch from Dempster, but clearly something is off. With Dempster pushing 40 and some eager young arms down in the farm, don't be surprised to see a DL-stint. Oh, let's call it a "sore hammy"...yeah that's it... On the bright side, there is some National League blood (Phillies) coming into Fenway for his next start on Tuesday. Maybe that will be a nice refresher for Dempster to face a familiar lineup. Rest of the links: Globe: Francona gets warm reception in return | Globe: Quantity of Ryan Dempster’s pitches outnumbers quality in 12-3 loss to Indians | Globe: Ross catches five innings for Portland | Herald: Will Middlebrooks set back | Herald: Terry Francona proud of Cleveland revival | Herald: Indians give Terry Francona a rout of Red Sox | ESPNBoston.com: Terry Francona where he belongs
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Arizona Cardinals make Jen Welter first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Junior Seau family says Hall of Fame went back on its word

Kobe will probably see time at power forward next year

Angels acquire Shane Victorino from the Red Sox

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clemson's Swinney wants Notre Dame in a conference

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel as Browns starter

David Price won't rule out Red Sox despite testy past

Bullying victim Jonathan Martin retiring from NFL

Why Jay Gruden may lose job if he can’t fix Robert Griffin III

Report: T.Y. Hilton wants similar contract to Dez Bryant

Nick Saban has incredible advice for his players on chasing girls

Nik Stauskas trolls Thad Matta

Will Smith fires back at former teammate Junior Galette

Sammy Watkins: It's a "problem" if Bills don't win AFC East

The most important quarterback in the game?

Boston Mayor Walsh refusing to sign Olympic host contract

Chris Johnson accused of smashing up Rolls-Royce rental

Astros’ playoff push prompts rescheduling of Taylor Swift

Answering the AFC East's biggest questions in 2015

Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

College football's top 10 coaches on the hot seat for 2015

Was Gregg Popovich close to retiring last year?

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

Top 10 CFB coaches on the hot seat

Was Popovich close to retiring last year?

Kyle Busch continues historic run with Brickyard win

WATCH: Mike Trout HR lands in 'Trout Net'

With Cueto dealt, what's the market for other pitchers?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker