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Dempster rocked in return

Bullpen works hard for second straight night

Originally Published: July 29, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

This was not what Lou Piniella had in mind when he talked about needing to rest his bullpen.

Not what Ryan Dempster was thinking, either, when he talked about his return Tuesday night against Houston being like Christmas Eve.

Unless, of course, he used to get coal in his stocking as a kid.

On Dempster's first pitch back after a 26-day layoff, Michael Bourn ripped a fastball to center field for a single. The next batter, Jeff Keppinger, drilled a fastball to right for another ...

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