Evans Clinchy
Saturday March 24th, 2012

Ryan Dempster will be the Chicago Cubs' starting pitcher when they take on the Washington Nationals on Opening Day, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

"It’s a tremendous honor, especially for the Chicago Cubs, to be able to pitch on Opening Day," Dempster said.

It's the fourth career season-opening start for the veteran Dempster, who's entering his 15th major league season. He'll be opposing youngster Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. Matt Garza will pitch the Cubs' second game, facing Gio Gonzalez.

"Opening Day means a lot to everyone," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "I think it does set a tone. I think it’s very important to come out and play really well behind the guy, too, not giving any outs away." Dempster went 10-14 for the Cubs last season with a 4.80 ERA. He's 112-116 with a 4.41 ERA for his career.

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