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  1. Ryan Dempster gets bombed, Rangers win anyway

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Making his Rangers debut, Ryan Dempster surrendered eight runs Thursday against the Angels, yet opposing starter C.J. Wilson was just as bad and Texas won a shootout 15-9. Dempster gave up his eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, while Wilson, an ex-Ranger who left for Anaheim in free agency last winter,yielded eight runs in 5…

  2. Mike Olt makes Rangers debut as first baseman, No. 8 hitter

    Aug 2, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Jean Segura, Mike Olt

    Called up from Double-A late last night, Rangers prospect Mike Olt is making his big-league debut tonight starting at first base and batting eighth. Olt was primarily a third baseman in the minors and projects as a good defender there long term, but the Rangers already have one of the league’s best all-around third basemen…

  3. Ryan Dempster says he never turned down that deal to the Braves. Um, OK.

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster was all-but-traded to the Braves last week, but rejected it with his 10/5 rights.  At least that’s what The Man wants you to believe. Dempster says it didn’t go down like that: “The truth of the matter is, at the end of the day, I didn’t turn down any trades. All I asked…

  4. Ryan Dempster was not blindsided this time

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Unlike last week’s aborted trade to the Braves, Ryan Dempster made sure he was in the loop yesterday before getting sent to Texas: Ryan Dempster sat in the Cubs offices as the 3 p.m. trade deadline neared Tuesday, playing Golden Tee and watching the rumors about his fate played out on the MLB Network. With 4…

  5. Report: Rangers, Red Sox discussed Ellsbury, Beckett deal

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:58 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Rangers and Red Sox discussed a blockbuster trade that would have sent Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Kelly Shoppach to Texas for undisclosed players. Two sources told Bradford of the talks, with one describing them as preliminary and another talking about them as more advanced before falling apart. If…

  6. A.J. Burnett loses no-hitter in eighth

    Jul 31, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    11:00 p.m. EDT update: Burnett retired the side in order in the ninth to finish a one-hit shutout of the Cubs. It was his first shutout since 2006, his first year with the Blue Jays, but his 10th overall. He moved to 13-3 with a 3.27 ERA for the season. 10:39 p.m. EDT update: Burnett lost…

  7. Tales of Feliz, Bard figure to scare off future starting conversions

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    If the Reds were still thinking of putting Aroldis Chapman into the rotation next year, today’s announcement will surely give them pause. Former Rangers closer Neftali Feliz will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss most or all of 2013 after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his elbow. It means two of this year’s…

  8. Back injury sends Tommy Hanson to disabled list

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson AP

    Atlanta acquiring Paul Maholm last night makes even more sense with news that Tommy Hanson is headed to the disabled list with a back injury. Hanson has officially been diagnosed with a strained lower back and revealed that he’s been pitching through the injury since the All-Star break, which explains his 7.45 ERA in four…

  9. Rangers demote struggling Roy Oswalt to the bullpen

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    UPDATE: No matter the reason(s) for Oswalt’s struggles, the Rangers have decided to demote him to the bullpen following their trade for Ryan Dempster. Last time Oswalt made more than one relief appearance in a season? As a 23-year-old rookie in 2001. ========== Roy Oswalt got lit up for three homers and a total of…

  10. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Rangers celebrate

    One person’s thoughts on who made out best and worst at the trade deadline. Winners Texas Rangers: GM Jon Daniels wasn’t interested in parting with third baseman Mike Olt, much less shortstop Jurickson Profar, in order to counter the Angels’ Zack Greinke pickup, but he was able to keep his best prospects and land Ryan…

  11. HBT’s Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Lets make a deal

    The 2012 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Here’s your summary of who went where and for whom: 7/31/12: The Indians Acquire 1B Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for RHP Steven Wright. Quick Take: Anderson is a once-promising slugger who has seemingly run out of gas on his third time through Triple-A. Wright…

  12. We weren’t expecting that! The Rangers land Ryan Dempster

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    After more than a week of flirtation with the Dodgers, a brief fling with the Braves, and then some footsie with the Yankees, Ryan Dempster has been traded.  To the Rangers. In exchange, the Cubs get third baseman Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks. There were rumblings this morning that the Rangers were involved, but many…

  13. Dead deal: Tigers no longer working on landing Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

    Jul 31, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    3:25 p.m. EDT update: USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports that Soriano won’ t be moved before the deadline. Of course, with his contract, he’ll clear waivers and could be dealt afterwards. CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler confirms that “Tigers people say they are not getting Soriano.” /// Alfonso Soriano wasn’t interested in going to San Francisco. What…

  14. Ryan Dempster tells Cubs he’d approve trade to Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    UPDATE: Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Dempster has informed the Cubs he’d waive his 10-and-5 trade veto rights for deals to the Dodgers, Yankees, and Rangers. In other words, Los Angeles has competition. ========== Ryan Dempster vetoed a potential deal to the Braves last week, leading to all sorts of drama, but it…

  15. Nationals, Rangers talks for Yorvit Torrealba go nowhere

    Jul 31, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Yorvit Torrealba AP

    UPDATE: So much for that: Kilgore now reports that the Nationals talked to the Rangers about Torrealba, but “one person involved says ‘it doesn’t look like a fit.’” ========== Yorvit Torrealba became expendable in Texas once the Rangers acquired Geovany Soto from the Cubs last night and after being designated for assignment he’s expected to…

  16. Scott Hairston isn’t going anywhere

    Jul 31, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    In a world where Reed Johnson is part of a fairly major deal, you figure a guy like the Mets Scott Hairston could go someplace too, but it seems not: The signs still point toward #Mets keeping Scott Hairston. No change from what they’ve been saying all along. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2012…

  17. Yankees, Rangers join the Dodgers in the Ryan Dempster hunt

    Jul 31, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    UPDATE: Jayson Stark reports that the Yankees are telling everyone they’re not involved in the Dempster stuff. Good things team officials have never lied about anything ever. Of course, it’s in the Cubs’ interest to make it seem like there are more teams interested in him than just the Dodgers. So, you know, trade deadline.…

  18. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:21 AM EDT

    Kendrys Morales, Albert Pujols

    Angels 15, Rangers 8: Kendrys Morales hit homers from each side of the plate in the sixth inning — one of which was a grand slam — and drove in six runs overall as the Angels make mincemeat out of the Rangers. Roy Oswalt got tattooed. Between that, Cliff Lee trade rumors and Roy Halladay‘s…

  19. Reds, Blue Jays and Rangers all in the mix for Matt Garza

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

    matt garza getty

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Cubs and Reds are talking about a possible Garza deal. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Jayson Stark was told by an executive that there’s now a “very high chance” that Garza is dealt before Tuesday’s deadline. The Blue Jays are said to be charging hard. 10:16 PM: The assumption has…

  20. Report: Alfonso Soriano won’t accept trade to San Fran

    Jul 30, 2012, 11:37 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that Alfonso Soriano has told the Cubs he will not accept a trade to the Giants. The main Soriano rumors of late have placed him with Ryan Dempster in a possible deal to the Dodgers. The Giants are looking for outfield help with Gregor Blanco fading, but Soriano lacks the defensive…

  21. Cubs send Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson to Atlanta; Geovany Soto to Texas

    Jul 30, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson

    The Cubs started the unloading process Monday night, shipping left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Braves right-handers Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino and catcher Geovany Soto to Texas for right-hander Jacob Brigham. Maholm satisfies the Braves’ need for a starter after the team originally tried trading for fellow Cub Ryan Dempster. Maholm has…

  22. Nationals sign Mike MacDougal to minor league deal

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mike MacDougal is on the move again, agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Nationals after previously being released by the Dodgers and Cubs this season. Last year MacDougal had a nice-looking 2.05 ERA in 69 appearances for the Dodgers, but his 41/29 K/BB ratio in 57 innings was significantly less impressive and this season…

  23. The Cubs are “trying to bend over backwards” to trade Ryan Dempster to the Dodgers

    Jul 30, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    So this is still happening: Source: #Cubs “trying to bend over backwards” to get Dempster to #Dodgers, his desired team. Talks continue. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012   Can’t imagine that’s going too well for the Cubs. If they liked the Dodgers original offer they never would have moved on to the now-aborted…

  24. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:06 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 6, Phillies 2: Pretty good day for me yesterday. I took Mookie and Carlo to an amusement park and the Braves swept the Phillies. All I needed as a nice steak or something to cap the day and it would have been perfection.  Only the Astros, Rockies and Cubs have a bigger division deficit than the…

  25. Mets, Cubs talked Geovany Soto

    Jul 29, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    It’s no secret that the Mets have been looking for a right-handed complement to Josh Thole behind the plate. That search led to talks with the Cubs regarding Geovany Soto this past week. Andy Martino broke the news today, but he said a deal was unlikely. Following up on it, the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers…

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