Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs-Jaguars: Five things to watch Thursday in Jacksonville


    JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs have their second preseason game here Thursday against the Jaguars, and here are five things to keep an eye on as Tampa Bay moves closer to paring its roster from 90 players to 53 by Sept. 3.


    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) participates in training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. We knew Aguayo was a goner, and 'Hard Knocks' still delivers


    Tuesday night's second installment of Hard Knocks, the HBO show that is going behind the scenes at training camp with the Bucs, had plenty of interesting tidbits, revelations and insights.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) kicks during training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  3. For starters: Rays at Jays, looking for some carryover


    The six runs and 13 hits the Rays posted on Tuesday were a positive, but the true test if they are out of their historically bad hitting slump will come tonight and in the coming days as they try to build on their success.

    "Hopefully,'' manager Kevin Cash said after Tuesday's 6-4 win, "there is a …

    Daniel Robertson is expected to make a third straight start tonight, likely at shortstop.
  4. What you might have missed in the second episode of the Bucs on 'Hard Knocks'


    We're back for another episode of The Annotated Hard Knocks, trying to find behind-the-scenes insights and things you might have missed in Tuesday's second episode of "Hard Knocks," following the Bucs in …

    As the crowd recognized him and got loud, Jameis Winston jumped up and down in celebration. [GREG AUMAN | Times]
  5. Why Noah Spence could be the Bucs' X-factor


    JACKSONVILLE — Noah Spence crouched in a four-point stance, bending low like a sprinter in starting blocks. At the snap, he took one step to his right, startling Jaguars left tackle Josh Wells with his explosiveness. Wells went for the move and Spence countered with an inside swim move, flying past Wells' right …

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) participates in training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times