Ryan Dempster feels at home with Rangers
Dempster admits that it takes some time to get used to new faces and a new environment, but he's starting to fit in and get used to his surroundings.
"You find yourself getting more used to saying 'we' instead of saying they have a good team," Dempster said. "I'm on the team. The guys have made me feel at home. That makes it an easier transition."
Dempster said he was relieved to get his first win in Boston and bounce back from a rough performance against the Los Angeles Angels in his first start in a Rangers uniform. Dempster allowed three runs -- all unearned on a three-run homer by Will Middlebrooks following an Ian Kinsler error -- in 6 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and one walk. It was a vast improvement over the eight runs given up in 4 2/3 innings against the Angels in his previous outing.
"It was good to get a win out of the way against a good team," Dempster said. "I had a rough one the first time out and wanted to settle down and make pitches. That was the difference -- pitch execution."
He'll try to continue that against spot starter David Phelps tonight in Yankee Stadium. The game starts at 6:05 p.m. and, as always, can be heard on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM with Eric Nadel, the newest member of the Rangers Hall of Fame, Matt Hicks and Bryan Dolgin handling the coverage.
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