Found June 15, 2012 on Ted's Army:

Castro and Campana desperately try to get their belts unstuck from one another.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) After the Sox erupted for 10 runs against the Marlins on Wednesday, folks hoped that the Sox offense was finally coming together.  Not so much.  The Sox were held scoreless, and amassed only 5 hits against Ryan Dempster and the Cubs on their way to a 3-0 loss. If you want to get excited about something on the offensive side of the ball, Scott Podsednik is your man.  He was the only batter to get multiple hits and swiped 2nd base two times.  He even added a walk for good measure.  The only other Sox batters to get a hit were Papi, Sweeney and Aviles.  None for extra bases.  The game started promising enough.  Podsednik got on first then Pedroia walked.  Men on first and second with no outs?  With Gonzalez, Papi and Youk coming up?  Seemed like we'd at least get one run across the plate.  But then Gonzo struck out (wasn't he supposed to be some sort of Cubs killer?), Papi grounded to first and Pedroia was out at 2nd.  Then Youk lined out to right on a solidly hit ball.  Just like that, threat over. Dice-K had a classic Dice-K game.  He came out of the gates looking downright awful.  He walked the first batter of the game, and spent the first two innings nibbling.  The Cubs scored two runs in the first, and one in the second thanks to a Ryan Dempster triple (he was driven in by DeJesus).  After he got through those two innings, it was pretty much smooth sailing.  He lasted 6 innings, allowed just 4 hits but walked 3 more batters.  He also had 3 K's.  Atchison pitched a hitless 7th and Melancon had a hitless 8th (with a walk).  Tomorrow we get Lester versus decorated Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija in what should be an interesting matchup.  Assuming the Sox bats show up.

Report: Yankees want Ryan Dempster

The New York Yankees have been riding high as of late, winners of their last seven games entering Saturday. It would seem that things in the rotation were coming together behind #1 starter CC Sabathia.  Even though Andy Pettitte has exceeded expectations since returning from the land of retirement at the age of 40, the Yanks want one [...]

Cubs' Dempster appeals to contenders

He is 35 now. His career line includes 114 wins, 87 saves, more than 2,000 major-league innings. And one measly postseason start. Game 1, 2008 Division Series, Cubs vs. Dodgers. Ryan Dempster allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings. The Cubs lost, 7-2, then got swept in three games. "I've been itching to get back to the playoffs," Dempster said Thursday. "I just...

Dempster not bothered by trade talk as he tosses gem

CHICAGO -- Ryan Dempster knows the trade talk is out there. But he's doing a pretty good job of focusing on pitching. Dempster tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 Friday at Wrigley Field. The 35-year-old right-hander is in the last year of his contract, and he is aware the Cubs may want to move him to help in...

Report: Dodgers & Yankees Looking to acquire Ryan Dempster

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times by Gordon Wittenmyer, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees are looking to acquire Ryan Dempster from the Cubs. With a league worst 21-42 record, the Cubs are an organization in the midst of a full-scale rebuilding process. First year general manager Theo Epstein is looking to trade established players with value to contending...

Cubs Should Trade Ryan Dempster Sooner Rather Than Later

Before Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, Cubs president The Epstein and pitcher Ryan Dempster were seen having a long conversation. The two say they were discussing a fundraiser that Dempster has. That could be true, but with all the trade speculation surrounding Dempster, anyone who is naive enough to think that was not part of the conversation is foolish. Ryan Dempster...

Dodgers have interest in Cubs' RHPs Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster

I wasn't intending to write a post about the Dodgers' interest in Ryan Dempster, but it goes hand-in-hand with the Dodgers' reported interest in Matt Garza. Nathan Eovaldi has filled in admirably in the absence of Ted Lilly. There's no timetable for his return. Everyone behind Clayton Kershaw is no better than a middle-of-the-rotation starting pitcher,...

Friday Funnies: What Theo Epstein and Ryan Dempster's secret trade chat might be.

Click to watch gif. The other day in comments here, Jacos put up this link and asked for some captions.Looks like the Uecker Seats doesn't it?Thanks for the laugh and inspiration, Jacos ( and whoever took that photo).If you're old enough, you'll know the "He missed the tag!" line comes from a really funny Miller Lite spot starring Bob Uecker which unfortunately...

Dodgers Have Six Quality Starters, But Ryan Dempster Interest Understandable

Rumors have been swirling for a few days now that the Dodgers are interested in Ryan Dempster, but it’s a bit of a curious fit because the Dodgers already have Clayton Kershaw, Chris Capuano, Chad Billingsley, Aaron Harang, Ted Lilly, and Nate Eovaldi on staff. All six of those pitchers (assuming Lilly has no structural

Cubs 3, Red Sox 0

Ryan Dempster pitched four-hit ball over seven shutout innings, and the Chicago Cubs hung on to beat team president Theo Epstein's former club, topping the struggling Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Friday. The Red Sox loaded the bases against Carlos Marmol in the ninth, but he got out of it when Dustin Pedroia forced the runner at third to end the game. That gave Marmol three saves in...

Ryan Dempster Shows He Might Be 'Monster' Theo Epstein Described With Huge Game Against Red Sox (Video)

Does Theo Epstein have a crystal ball? When he was talking about a "monster" and the Red Sox, we thought he was referring to some tough expectations. It turns out he might have just been describing Ryan Dempster and predicting his pitcher's performance. The Cubs ace had a monster effort to lead his team to a win on Friday, both on the mound and at the plate. NESN Nation...

Red Sox News & Notes - 6/16

When you took a look at the lineup that Dale Sveum put out for his Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon, you had to take a second glance and say "who?". It reminded me of the scene from Major League when they had the different people say "Who are these f'in guys?". However, the Cubs did have a good pitcher on the mound in Ryan Dempster who came into the game...

Pitchers notes: Garza, Dempster and Walters

Here's a running list of pitchers notes around the Major Leagues: – Right handed pitcher Matt Garza is aware that he could be dealt before the July 31 Trade Deadline, but he's not worried about that according to Alex Speier of “I just want to keep playing. It doesn’t matter where. I’ll pitch on the freaking moon,” Garza said. “I love the city. My kids...

Game 64: Boston Red Sox @ Chicago Cubs

Time: 2:20 PM ET TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI RED SOX (31-32) Podsednik LF Pedroia 2B Gonzalez RF Ortiz 1B Youkilis 3B Saltalamacchia C Sweeney CF Aviles SS Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 7.20) CUBS (21-42) Campana CF Castro SS DeJesus RF Soriano LF LaHair 1B Clevenger C Barney 2B Valbuena SS Pitching: RHP Ryan Dempster (2-3, 2.31)

How we see it goin' down: Sox - Cubs series

First Pitch: Friday 2:20, Saturday 7:15, Sunday 8:00 Arms: Friday: Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP (0-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster, RHP (2-3, 2.31 ERA) Saturday: Jon Lester, LHP (3-4, 4.57 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija, RHP (5-4, 3.96 ERA) Sunday: Josh Beckett, RHP (4-7, 4.14 ERA) vs. Paul Maholm, LHP (4-5, 4.91 ERA)                      Yard: Wrigley Field   Watch it:  NESN...
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