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For real: Cubs ship Dempster to Texas

Just over a week after issuing a denial that he had been dealt to the Braves, Ryan Dempster was on the move Tuesday, shipped to the Texas Rangers in exchange for two prospects.

It was July 23 when the right-hander squashed reports that he had been traded to Atlanta via his Twitter account, saying: "THERE IS NO TRADE dont know where this info came from!"

But the Rangers, bidding for a third straight trip to the World Series, acquired his services at the non-waiver trade deadline for pitcher Kyle Hendricks and infielder Christian Villanueva.

Dempster departs the sinking Cubs with a 5-5 record and 2.25 earned run average in 16 starts on the year, appearing in 535 games with the Marlins, Reds and Cubs during his 15-year major league career.

Hendricks, a Dartmouth product, has gone 5-8 with a 2.82 ERA for Single-A Myrtle Beach this year.

Villanueva, his teammate with the Carolina League club, hit .285 with 10 home runs, 19 doubles and 59 RBI in 100 games thus far.