Ryan Dempster has endured the buzz of trade rumors for weeks, and it might not stop until the deadline at month's end.
In the meantime, the Chicago Cubs right-hander will try to add to his lengthy scoreless streak and record a career-best fifth consecutive win Saturday afternoon against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dempster (4-3, 1.99 ERA) is experiencing one of the best seasons of his career as his NL-best ERA is nearly one run better than in any of his 15 seasons, and he has lowered that mark significantly over his last four starts.
The right-hander has not allowed a run in 27 innings, the longest stretch by a Cubs starter since Ken Holtzman in 1971. A 7-0 win at the New York Mets on July 8 marked his return from the disabled list for tightness in his right lat.
Dempster's performance this season has made him an enticing starter to acquire, especially for contenders, but he said he isn't distracted by the talk.
"I don't read the paper a whole lot or watch much TV, and w...