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Rangers trade for Cubs ace Dempster

CHICAGO — The Rangers won the Ryan Dempster sweepstakes. Now, they'll try to capture the ultimate prize.

The AL West leaders fortified their rotation for the stretch run, acquiring the Cubs ace before Tuesday's trade deadline for two Class A prospects, INF Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks.

Dempster, who had power to block deals, refused to approve a trade to Atlanta last week. The Dodgers and Yankees also tried to land the righty.

"It's a great opportunity over there," said Dempster, who has spent all of his nearly 15 seasons in the National League. "It's not going to be easy. There are a lot of teams out there that are really good. I think they have as good a chance as anybody."

Dempster was 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 games for the Cubs.

Phils deal two OFs

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies traded two-time All-Star RF Hunter Pence to the Giants for OF Nate Schierholtz, minor-league C Tommy Joseph and minor-league RHP Seth Rosin. Pence gives San Francisco much-needed right-handed power.

The cost-cutting Phillies also sent two-time All-Star CF Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for RH reliever Josh Lindblom and minor-league RHP Ethan Martin. Philadelphia also gets a player to be named or cash.

Other trades:

• The Pirates acquired former All-Star 1B Gaby Sanchez from the Marlins. Pittsburgh also got minor-league RHP Kyle Kaminska, and Miami got minor-league OF Gorkys Hernandez and Pittsburgh's extra draft pick in 2013 given to financially weaker teams.

• The Reds acquired RH reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Royals for minor-league LHPs Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran.

• The Yankees obtained 3B Casey McGehee from Pittsburgh for RH reliever Chad Qualls, a move that follows injuries to 3B Alex Rodriguez and 1B Mark Teixeira.

• The Cardinals acquired bullpen help, getting RHP Edward Mujica from Miami for minor-league 3B Zack Cox, a 2010 first-round pick.

• Boston sent OF Scott Podsednik and RH reliever Matt Albers to the Diamondbacks for LH reliever Craig Breslow.

• The Dodgers obtained former All-Star RH reliever Brandon League from the Mariners for minor-league OF Leon Landry and RHP Logan Bawcom.

• The Blue Jays made two trades for RH relievers, getting Brad Lincoln from Pittsburgh for OF Travis Snider and Steve Delabar from Seattle for OF Eric Thames.

ANGELS: RHP Dan Haren has muscle pain in the right side of his back and is expected to skip his scheduled start today.

BRAVES: RHP Tommy Hanson went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back.

ORIOLES: 1B/DH Jim Thome went on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck.

RANGERS: RHP Neftali Feliz will have reconstructive elbow surgery on his sprained UCL and is out for the season.

YANKEES: 1B Mark Teixeira had a cortisone injection in his left wrist. An MRI exam showed no structural damage.

Rangers trade for Cubs ace Dempster 07/31/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:42pm]
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