Found March 03, 2013 on NESN.com:
Ryan Dempster is taking his coaches’ advice and running with it. Dempster, who tossed two perfect innings in his spring training debut against the Cardinals on Tuesday, looked fantastic on Sunday. After giving up a leadoff single to Brett Gardner, Dempster rebounded to retire every other batter he faced in three solid innings. What’s most encouraging, though, is that Dempster’s approach seems to coincide with the philosophy that pitching coach Juan Nieves and the rest of the Red Sox’ staff has been preaching. First-pitch strikes. It seems like a simple concept, yet many pitchers these days fail to execute that always important first pitch of the at-bat, and it’s often the root of a hurler’s struggles. Dempster has been very economical in his first two starts of the spring, and that bodes well for a team that’s looking to restore the fierce mound presence that was once so successful in Boston. Manager John Farrell has always wanted his pitchers to attack hitters, and Dempster has don...
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