Dempster: Sawx just worried about baseball

NEW YORK -- David Ortiz may be worried that teammate Ryan Dempster “woke up a sleeping giant” in the Yankees when the Red Sox right-hander hit Alex Rodriguez on Aug. 18, but Dempster isn’t.

“Our team is just worried about playing the best baseball we can,” Dempster said prior to Thursday’s game at Yankee Stadium. “We just played a really good homestand and beat a really good team two out of three games.”

The Yankees are 11-5 since coming back to beat the Red Sox, 9-6, in that game behind A-Rod, who homered off Dempster four innings after getting plunked in the opening frame.

Dempster will not face the Yankees because he pitched in Wednesday night’s game.

“I like to pitch whenever my day is. It just worked out that way,” he said. “I was glad to go out there and get a win yesterday. I’ll be leading the cheering on in our dugout.”

Dempster said he has not heard any reaction from opposing players about his highly-scrutinized decision to go after A-Rod.

“I’m just going about my work and getting ready for my next start and just trying to be as prepared as I can. That’s been my main goal,” he said.

Ryan has won his last two starts since being shelled by the Yankees to the tune of seven runs on nine hits 5 1/3 innings on Aug. 18.

He was suspended five games by Major League baseball for his actions, but didn’t really miss a start due to Boston’s off days.