MLB notes: Dempster open to a deal

Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May...

Ryan Dempster of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 14, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images/AFP)

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Pitcher Ryan Dempster said Wednesday he would accept a trade if the rebuilding Chicago Cubs felt it was in their best interests.

Dempster, 35, is in the final year of a four-year contract and has a no-trade clause.

"You're in a situation where if it does happen, they are going to do what's best for the Chicago Cubs, and I'm all for that," Dempster told ESPN radio in Chicago.

The Canadian right-hander has only a 1-3 record this season but his 2.59 earned-run average ranks 10th best in the NL.

It's a weird thought to be playing somewhere else, but it's also a possible reality," Dempster said. "Whatever ends up being, I'm just focused on going out there on Sunday and beating the Minnesota Twins."

DICE-K BACK SATURDAY

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who hasn't pitched in the majors since May 16, 2011, will start Saturday for the Boston Red Sox.

The right-hander has made six minor-league rehab starts, including a 1 1/3-inning warmup Tuesday, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, the Boston Globe reported.

Matsuzaka, 31, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow more than one year ago.

TIGERS' AVILA SIDELINED

Alex Avila, who has struggled of late with a strained right hamstring, was placed Wednesday on the 15-day disabled list.

The 25-year-old Detroit Tigers catcher is batting .250 with five homers and 20 RBI in 44 games.

The Tigers purchased the contract of catcher Bryan Holaday from triple-A Toledo and designated catcher Omir Santos for assignment.

Santos was called up May 30 from Toledo and went 1-for-8 in three games.

Holaday, 24, was hitting .248 with no homers and 10 RBI in 36 games for the Mud Hens.

Detroit also recalled right-handed pitcher Jose Ortega from Toledo. The 23-year-old reliever has 37 strikeouts in just 29 innings but also has 29 walks.

BAY BACK WITH METS

The New York Mets activated Canadian Jason Bay from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. The 33-year-old outfielder was hitting .240 with three homers and five RBI in 15 games before being sidelined April 24 with a fractured left rib.

The Mets also activated pitcher Pedro Beato from the disabled list and designated infielder Josh Satin for assignment.

DNA EXPERT BACKS CLEMENS

A DNA expert Wednesday cast doubt on evidence being used against Roger Clemens in his perjury trial, testifying that medical waste presented as proof of the former pitcher's use of drugs had a "significant risk" of being contaminated.

The basis of the government's case has been a batch of medical waste that Clemens' ex-trainer, Brian McNamee, says came from a 2001 injection of the former Cy Young Award winner with anabolic steroids.

"I think it would be a significant risk (of contamination)," DNA specialist Marc Taylor said.

Meanwhile, McNamee's estranged wife, Eileen, denied that she nagged him to save the medical waste, testifying it was the trainer who saved the items for his "protection."

Clemens, 49, is on trial on charges of lying in 2008 to a congressional committee when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

BRIEFLY

The Orioles have selected high-schooler Ryan Ripken, son of former Baltimore star Cal Ripken, in the 20th round of the first-year player draft. Ripken, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound first baseman, is committed to attending the University of South Carolina ... The St. Louis Cardinals have drafted outfielder Tate Matheny -- son of manager Mike Matheny -- in the 23rd round. The younger Matheny is leaning toward going to Missouri State. The Cards also drafted third-base coach Jose Oquendo's son, Eduardo, in the 32nd round ... The San Diego Padres have Dartmouth catcher Chris O'Dowd, the son of Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd, in the 25th round ... Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton said he has "respectfully declined" to take part in the home run derby at the all-star game ... Jamie Moyer, 49, has signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles. The left-hander went 2-5 with a 5.70 earned-run average with the Colorado Rockies before being released last week ... New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera is set for surgery next Tuesday on his injured right knee. Rivera, 42, was hurt May 3 but surgery was delayed because of a blood clot in his right calf.


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