Cubs tap Ryan Dempster for opener

Updated: March 23, 2012, 3:46 PM ET
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MESA, Ariz -- Veteran right-hander Ryan Dempster will make his second straight Opening Day start for the Chicago Cubs, facing the Washington Nationals and Stephen Strasburg at Wrigley Field on April 5.

Dempster, 10-14 with a 4.80 ERA last season in 34 starts, got the nod Friday from manager Dale Sveum over Matt Garza.

"I am sure he is very thankful and excited to get it because it is very important to starting pitchers and Garza will have many more of these opportunities," ...

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