7/25 Dempster vents
If Ryan Dempster was distracted by all the trade rumors, it didn’t show. But he was upset at his outing Wednesday. Dempster served up two solo home runs and Garrett Jones hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the sixth. After he was pulled from the game, he slammed the water cooler and threw a bottle in the dugout.
Since the right-hander threw 33 consecutive scoreless innings, he now has given up seven runs on 12 hits over 12 innings in his last two starts. A free agent to be, he’s still a hot commodity on the trade market. The speculation on where the right-hander could go won’t end until Tuesday’s Trade Deadline.
“It’s that time of year,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Anything can happy on any hour, any minute. We’ve still got six days [under the Deadline] and right now we just focus on what we’ve got and everybody’s in the rotation and all the hitters are still here. We don’t worry about that, we can’t worry about that. It’s part of the game.”
— Carrie Muskat