FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Ryan Dempster had to work out of a little traffic in the top of the third inning in Tuesday's start against the Orioles, but the righty considered that a positive.
Battling out of jams is something that can't be simulated. Dempster allowed three runs in that third, the only three he allowed over an otherwise solid five-inning effort during Boston's 8-7 loss.
"Yeah, it's always good for your body and your arm to get some extension, to get some pitches logged in an inning and see how you bounce back from that," said Dempster. "That's going to happen during the year. You're not going to go out there every inning and go 1-2-3 and throw 10 pitches. Those opportunities where you can do that are more beneficial physically than mentally."
A consummate professional, Dempster has blended in nicely during camp.
"I got extended again," Dempster said. "Made a couple mistakes ahead in the count. Yeah, I'm feeling better and better. I felt stronger today. You keep pushing yourself. Next time out, you go a little further. Things are coming together pretty nicely."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.