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David Ortiz: A-Rod Plunking by Ryan Dempster Was Not ‘The Right Thing to Do’

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez

Not everyone in the Boston Red Sox dugout was pleased with pitcher Ryan Dempster hitting Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.

Two-time World Series champion David Ortiz told Jorge L. Ortiz of USA TODAY Sports that not only does he not think it “was the right thing to do,” but the plunking may woken up a sleeping giant.

“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,” Ortiz said. “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 (mph) and started throwing 96. Alex later hit one way out there. You’re talking about a good team that you can’t wake up.”

A-Rod, who is appealing a 211-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, homered off Dempster in the sixth inning and helped spark a Yankees’ comeback. New York won three straight against Toronto and now sit just 6.5 games back from the first-place Red Sox in the AL East. The Yanks are also just four games out of the second Wild Card spot.

Major League Baseball suspended Dempster for five games for intentionally throwing at Rodriguez. The 36-year-old denied that he threw at A-Rod on purpose after the game.

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