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Jackson to start home opener vs. Brewers

Edwin Jackson will open the season as the No. 2 starter with Matt Garza sidelined. AP Photo/Morry Gash

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Edwin Jackson will make his Wrigley Field debut as a member of the Chicago Cubs in the team's home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 8, manager Dale Sveum said Thursday.

Sveum announced the rotation for the first week of the season with Jeff Samardzija starting Opening Day against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 1 followed by Jackson and Travis Wood to wrap up the series. Scott Feldman, Carlos Villanueva and Samardzija will start in Atlanta against the Braves April 5-7.

Sveum said he wanted the lefty Wood to pitch in Pittsburgh because he likes the matchup there.

Pitchers Matt Garza and Scott Baker are expected to open the season on the disabled list, allowing Sveum to set up his rotation now.

Garza is recovering from a lat injury he suffered the first week of spring training.

"Everything is great with him," Sveum said of Garza's progress.

Garza has been working his way back to the mound by playing long toss from 45 and 60 feet. If he progresses accordingly, he'll throw from 90 feet this weekend and then get back on a mound.

Baker is recovering from Tommy John surgery which caused him to miss all of last season. His first Cactus League start is scheduled for Sunday against the Oakland Athletics.

Garza and Baker are expected to join the rotation when healthy.