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Ryan Dempster gets Opening Day nod

Updated: February 21, 2011, 5:45 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade set his opening rotation, and despite campaigning for his seventh consecutive Opening Day start, Carlos Zambrano will watch Ryan Dempster have that honor this season.

"It's going to be exciting," Dempster said. "It's going be more nerves of anxiousness than nerves of being nervous."

The first three slots in the Cubs' rotation will be filled by Dempster, Zambrano and newly acquired Matt Garza.

"He said he was happy for me, ...

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