ARLINGTON (AP) – Ryan Dempster finally has a chance to start for the Texas Rangers.
Traded Tuesday from the Chicago Cubs, Dempster arrived in the Metroplex about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and spent the remainder of the afternoon getting adjusted to his fourth major league team — the one that drafted him in the third round in 1995 out of a high school in British Columbia. He was traded as a minor leaguer and made his big league debut with the Florida Marlins in 1998.
“It’s neat to get drafted by them as an 18-year-old kid and to end up back here pitching,” Dempster said.
The 35-year-old has gone from being a starter to a closer and back to starting again during his 15 year major league career. He entered Wednesday with a 2.25 ERA, second in the major leagues only to the 2.22 of San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong
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