Dempster Gets Opening Day Nod

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

Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 2:44 PM CDT
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Dempster Gets Opening Day Nod

Name: Ryan Dempster Age: 34 Position: Pitcher Year in League: 13

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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.

In the season opener a year ago, Dempster was the losing pitcher against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up six runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.

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