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Some fun facts surrounding Dempster's first start with Rangers

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Some fun facts surrounding Dempster's first start with Rangers

Ryan Dempster will take the hill for the Texas Rangers Thursday night for his first appearance with his new club.

Some fun facts about Dempster's start, courtesy of CSN stat guru Chris Kamka and ESPN Stats and Info.

--The last time Dempster pitched for a team other than the Cubs was more than nine years ago, on July 28, 2003 for the Reds. He got a no-decision against the Phillies in Cincinnati. Interestingly enough, three guys with White Sox ties played for the Reds in that game -- D'Angelo Jimenez led off, Ray Olmedo played shortstop and Adam Dunn was in left field.

--Dempster has made just one career appearance at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, coming on June 19, 2007. He earned a save, striking out all three batters he faced (Frank Catalanotto, Gerald Laird and Brad Wilkerson). Sean Marshall got the start in that game, with Carlos Marmol and Bob Howry providing the segue from Marshall to Dempster. Sammy Sosa hit cleanup for the Rangers while Marlon Byrd hit fifth.

--The entire active Cubs pitching staff has 68 wins in a Cubs uniform. Dempster had 67 at the time of his trade.

--Dempster faces the Angels tonight, led by Albert Pujols, who has hit more homers off Dempster (7) than any other pitcher in Major League Baseball.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) and Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Welington Castillo’s 80-game PED suspension, the Cubs struggles and if Joe Maddon could be on the hot seat if the Cubs somehow miss the playoffs in 2018.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

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Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.

OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet. 

From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.

Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.