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Dempster ties Cubs' scoreless inning mark

CHICAGO — RHP Ryan Dempster tied the Cubs' record with a 33-inning scoreless streak, pitching six solid frames in a 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. It's the longest streak in the major leagues this season.

Ken Holtzman set the Cubs record in 1969.

"It's pretty crazy. I think as a reliever, when you do something like that, it seems a little more realistic because you go out there one inning at a time," Dempster said. "To go out there start after start and not give up any runs is pretty humbling. I'm just trying to get outs and not expecting that."

Dempster set a career best by winning his fifth straight start. He leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA.

Dempster was limited to 89 pitches in his second start since coming off the disabled list with tightness in his pitching shoulder.

With the Cubs far back in the playoff race and Dempster in the last season of a four-year contract, he is rumored to be a trade option for contenders, possibly the Yankees, Dodgers or Red Sox.

"I am well aware of things going on, rumors and things like that," he said. "But I'm a member of the Chicago Cubs, and I'm trying to do my best job for this team. I understand the business side of baseball, too. But I have not given it a whole lot of thought to be somewhere else now. I'm just enjoying playing here, winning today and being part of this run we are on."

Braves-reds trade: Thin at shortstop, Atlanta acquired Cincinnati minor-league SS Paul Janish for minor-league RHP Todd Redmond. Janish, 29, known for his defense, has a .221 batting average with seven homers and 70 RBIs in 324 big-league games. He is expected to start today. Atlanta recalled Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett and sent C J.C. Boscan to the minors. Braves SS Andrelton Simmons will miss at least four weeks with a broken right little finger, and new starter Jack Wilson dislocated a joint in his right little finger Friday. Redmond, 27, is 69-56 with a 3.57 ERA in eight minor-league years.

Cardinals: 1B Lance Berkman was activated off the disabled list. Out since May 19 with torn right knee cartilage, Berkman will be eased back into a regular role.

diamondbacks: General manager Kevin Towers said he is keeping RF Justin Upton in the loop about trade rumors, promising not to surprise him with a deal. Towers wouldn't go into details about other players he might be considering trading but acknowledged he hopes to deal: "I think there's room for improvement there. I'd like to do something.''

Mets: Manager Terry Collins was ejected while disputing a call during the Braves' two-run fifth. Third base umpire Dale Scott, the crew chief, initially ruled LF Jordany Valdespin made a diving catch on Jason Heyward's liner, with Martin Prado trapped returning to first base for an apparent inning-ending double play. Umpires conferred, then ruled — correctly, as replays showed — that Heyward's ball bounced. Freddie Freeman's two-out, two-run double gave the Braves a 5-3 lead.

Orioles: A statue of Hall of Fame RHP Jim Palmer was unveiled in the picnic area beyond centerfield. He is depicted in mid motion, his left leg in the air and right arm poised to throw. … RHP Jason Hammel will miss his next start due to a right knee problem has bothered him since early May, and is considering surgery that could sideline him for six weeks.

Tigers: Rookie LHP Drew Smyly went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his right side, retroactive to July 7. Rookie RHP Jacob Turner will be recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Toledo to start for Smyly against the Angels.

Dempster ties Cubs' scoreless inning mark 07/14/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:11am]
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