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Ryan Dempster rocked again

Ryan Dempster managed to navigate his way through the first inning in an economical fashion, needing only 15 pitches to get the first four batters he faced.

But in the next two innings, Dempster’s pitch count resembled the tote board of a pinball machine run amok, as he needed 30 pitches to get out of the second and 40 to weather a three-run Cleveland outburst in the third. It resulted in the premature end of Dempster’s night in Thursday’s humbling 12-3 loss to the Indians in the opener of this four-game series before 35,254 at Fenway Park.

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