Ortiz chides Dempster for hitting A-Rod

David Ortiz disapproved of teammate Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez last Sunday night at Fenway Park.

“I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was the right thing to do,” Ortiz told USA Today. “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 [m.p.h.] and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there.

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“You’re talking about a good team that you can’t wake up. But we learn from our mistakes.”