Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 5/30/13
Jim Rogash/Getty Images Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer While he’s not nearly where the Nation or Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves might like him at this point in the season, Ryan Dempster showed some promising signs of shaking off a three-game slump this week against the Phillies. Coming into Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia, Dempster’s stats were grim: a 10.66 ERA and only 12.2 innings pitched over his last three starts, serving up 15 runs on 20 hits and walking 11 during that span. And when Michael Young took the second pitch he saw from Dempster on Tuesday and parked it in the first row of the Monster seats for a 1-0 lead, it looked like it was going to be another short night for the 36-year-old righty. But Dempster shook it off, settled down, and twirled a half-decent outing, going seven innings, allowing only two runs on six hits and striking out four in a 98-pitch performance. We damn his quality start with faint praise solely because the opposing pitcher, Cliff
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