PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ryan Dempster showed he is ready to again be the No. 2 starter for the Cubs, striking out nine and allowing just four hits in seven scoreless innings as Chicago beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 on Sunday.
Dempster struck out three consecutive batters with the bases full to end his day. The strikeouts were the most by a Cubs pitcher in a game this spring.
The right-hander has won 28 games over the last two seasons for Chicago.
Chicago's Xavier Nady was 0 for 3 starting his first game in the outfield since last April. The former Yankee is returning from elbow surgery.