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Dempster makes history, beats Cubs hours after Harden deal

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Ryan Dempster's 10-0 start at home was one reason to celebrate Tuesday night. And there was another. The Cubs' rotation is getting another front-line starter in Rich Harden, who hails from British Columbia. Just like Dempster.

"Awesome. We're taking over. ... From my neck of the woods. Finally somebody who speaks my language," Dempster said after the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 behind his seven strong innings and homers from Mike Fontenot and Geovany Soto.

"He's a huge addition to our team. That's a big trade for us. It doesn't guarantee success or doesn't guarantee wins, but it sure does make your team that is already pretty good a whole lot better," Dempster added.

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Harden, expected to pitch this weekend against the Giants at Wrigley Field, joins the staff of the NL Central leaders that already includes Dempster and Carlos Zambrano. He was acquired Tuesday in a six-player deal from the Oakland Athletics, a trade that came one day after the rival Milwaukee Brewers landed CC Sabathia.

Dempster (10-3) is the first Cubs' pitcher to win his first 10 decisions at home since Rick Reuschel in 1977. He allowed two hits and a run in seven innings, while throwing 103 pitches on a muggy night at Wrigley Field.

What the Cubs need from Dempster "is another 10 (wins) in the second half and we're in business," manager Lou Piniella said.

The Cubs capitalized on Cincinnati starter Aaron Harang's wildness. The 6-foot-7 right-hander walked a career-high seven and gave up six runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. Harang had been scheduled to start last Saturday but was given a few extra days to recover from stiffness in his right forearm.

"I walked seven?" Harang said.

Reds manager Dusty Baker wasn't sure what to make of the latest performance.

"He didn't say anything. There were some balls that we in the low-90's and the next inning there were balls in the mid-80's," Baker said. "This is puzzling for me. This has gone on for quite a while. We certainly need him on track."

Harang is 1-5 since making a relief appearance on May 25 in which he pitched four innings, striking out nine.

"Some days I wake up and feel great, other days I feel like trash. Some of the days I've woken up and felt like trash on the days I'm pitching," Harang said.

"But you have to out there and take the ball every fifth day and go out there and try to get a victory. Things just haven't been working out."

Fontenot gave Chicago a 4-1 lead in the fourth with his sixth homer of the season, a drive over the wall in center.

Soto, the first rookie catcher to start for the NL in the All-Star Game, had a two-run shot, his 16th of the season, to chase Harang (3-11) in the fifth and make it 6-1.

Aramis Ramirez legged out a triple in the second after right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. missed a diving attempt at his sinking liner. Soto's sacrifice fly made it 1-0.

Ryan Theriot's single and two walks loaded the bases for the Cubs with no outs in the third but all Chicago managed was a sacrifice fly from Ramirez.

Cincinnati had a big inning brewing in the fourth when Dempster had trouble throwing strikes. He walked Griffey and Adam Dunn, but when Jeff Keppinger blooped a ball into right field for what appeared to be a single, Dunn hesitated and was forced out on right fielder Kosuke Fukudome's throw to second. Dempster then walked two more to force in a run before Harang struck out.

The Reds also had two on in the second before Paul Bako lined into an inning-ending double play.

Cincinnati, which didn't have a hit from the third to the eighth innings, got three in the ninth when it scored twice off Bob Howry. Pinch-hitter Javier Valentin had an RBI double, the Reds' only extra base hit of the night.

Notes

  • Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano said he'll wait until after the All-Star break to start playing again. On the DL since June 12 with a broken left hand, Soriano said he does plan to attend the All-Star Game in New York, even if he can't play. He started his major league career with the Yankees.
  • Reds OF Norris Hopper underwent ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow Tuesday and is expected to be ready for spring training.
 
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It's a nice day in Chicago. Rich Harden joins the club and Ryan Dempster (left) is on a Wrigley roll.  (AP)
It's a nice day in Chicago. Rich Harden joins the club and Ryan Dempster (left) is on a Wrigley roll. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Soto
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

M. Fontenot
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS4001100 .335
Jay Bruce, CF4000042 .265
Ken Griffey Jr., RF2100201 .238
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000014 .289
Adam Dunn, LF3000112 .225
Jeff Keppinger, 3B4120001 .293
Joey Votto, 1B3010101 .282
Paul Bako, C3111102 .224
Aaron Harang, P2000013 .167
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Andy Phillips, PH1000010 .143
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
   b- Javier Valentin, PH1011000 .232
Totals3135368  
a-struck out for Affeldt in the 7th
b-doubled for Majewski in the 9th
Batting
2B - Javier Valentin (6, Howry)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (20), Paul Bako (26), Javier Valentin (7)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Bako (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Hairston-Votto, Hairston-B. Phillips-Votto
PB - Paul Bako (5)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,3-11) 4.1566762 4.76
Jeremy Affeldt 1.2110120 4.00
Gary Majewski 2100010 4.41
WP - Jeremy Affeldt (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 108-58, Jeremy Affeldt 30-18, Gary Majewski 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 2-3, Gary Majewski 4-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 23, Jeremy Affeldt 7, Gary Majewski 6
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS4110002 .312
Kosuke Fukudome, RF2000221 .285
Derrek Lee, 1B2100211 .305
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3121010 .287
Geovany Soto, C3113013 .290
Jim Edmonds, CF3000112 .230
Mark DeRosa, LF3100121 .289
Mike Fontenot, 2B3222100 .262
Ryan Dempster, P2010112 .176
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   a- Daryle Ward, PH1000000 .283
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Totals2677689  
a-grounded out for Marmol in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Fontenot (11, Affeldt)
3B - Aramis Ramirez (1, Harang)
HR - Geovany Soto (16, Harang), Mike Fontenot (6, Harang)
SF - Aramis Ramirez (4), Geovany Soto (4)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (61), Geovany Soto 3 (55), Mike Fontenot 2 (18)
SB - Derrek Lee (5, 2nd base off Harang/Bako)
CS - Kosuke Fukudome (4, 2nd base by Harang/Bako)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kosuke Fukudome 1
DP - Fontenot-Theriot
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Dempster (W,10-3) 7211450 3.13
Neal Cotts 0.1000210 2.51
Carlos Marmol 0.2000010 3.55
Bob Howry 1322010 4.67
HBP - Bruce (by Ryan Dempster)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 103-59, Neal Cotts 13-3, Carlos Marmol 9-5, Bob Howry 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 10-5, Bob Howry 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 27, Neal Cotts 3, Carlos Marmol 2, Bob Howry 6
Game Information
Attendance - 41360
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson