Opening Day start unimportant to Garza

March, 22, 2012
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said before Thursday’s spring training game against the Rangers that he would name his Opening Day starter on Friday.

Thursday’s starter, Matt Garza, doesn’t sound as though he’ll be losing any sleep in anticipation of Sveum’s decision.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Garza said. “I am just excited to play. If it is (Ryan Dempster), me, (Jeff Samardzija), (Rodrigo Lopez), (Trey) McNutt. It does not bother me as long as I am one of the five and get to pitch at Wrigley.”

Although he is preaching apathy about who is on the mound against the National on April 5, Garza’s outing on Thursday made a statement. He pitched five innings allowing zero earned runs with three strikeouts and three walks.

Garza was the team’s best pitcher in 2011 with a 10-10 record and a 3.32 ERA. Dempster was the Opening Day starter in 2011.

Garza pointed out that individual achievements aren’t on his radar heading into the season.

“If we get to October all the good personal stuff will come with it,” Garza said.

“I can’t wait (for the opener) we have a lot of moving parts on this team. It’s going to be fun”

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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