FORT MYERS, Fla. — That Ryan Dempster managed to stay on top of the mound and keep pitching was an achievement.
The No. 3 starter of the Red Sox threw 96 pitches over what amounted to five innings in an intrasquad game on Sunday. It was so windy at Fenway South that the batter's eye on Field 6 ripped apart and all of the pitchers had trouble keeping the ball in the strike zone.
Dempster allowed six runs on nine hits with five walks and a hit batter. He struck out six and allowed home runs by Keury De La Cruz and Ryan Sweeney.
Of the nine hits, at least five were aided by the wind.
Dempster will have one more start in spring training before the start of the season. He is lined up to face the Yankees on April 4.
Here's how the other major leaguers did in the intrasquad games:
RHP Koji Uehara: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP. 17 pitches, 11 strikes.
LHP Andrew Miller: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP. 18 pitches, 10 strikes.
LF Mike Carp: 0 for 4, BB, K
INF Pedro Ciriaco: 0 for 5. Also played five innings at shortstop.
RF Daniel Nava: 1 for 2, HBP, BB, K
1B Lyle Overbay: 1 for 3, BB, 2 K
CF Ryan Sweeney: 2 for 4, HR, 2B.
Also: Shortstop Stephen Drew took grounders on the stadium field and batting practice as he continues to come back from a concussion. ... Jeremy Hazelbaker made an unbelievable catch to the the fifth inning of the game Dempster pitched in. He raced into the gap in left center and caught a ball over his shoulder before running into the fence. ... Felix Doubront, Joel Hanrahan, Miller, and Andrew Bailey are all scheduled to pitch in minor league games at Fenway South on Monday. Many of the position players are expected to play, too. Those games start at 1 p.m.