Ryan Dempster embracing Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The newly acquired Ryan Dempster arrived in Texas and got his first visit with the Rangers media Wednesday.

Dempster, who was made a Ranger in a three-player deal with the Chicago Cubs just before the trade deadline on Tuesday, was all smiles in delivering his message of happiness to be back with the team that drafted him in the third round of the 1995 draft.

"I'm really excited to be here and be a part of the Texas Rangers organization," Dempster said. "It's kind of neat to get drafted by them when I was an 18-year-old kid and to end up back here pitching to them. To go from fifth place to first place, that doesn't happen very often. I'm just excited for the opportunity with a chance to go back to the playoffs and try to go win a World Series."

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