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Dempster to start Game 1 of playoffs for Cubs

Updated: September 25, 2008, 9:31 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Chicago Cubs plan to open the playoffs with a former closer on the mound: Ryan Dempster.

The 17-game winner was tabbed Thursday by manager Lou Piniella to start Game 1 in the best-of-five division series at Wrigley Field. The NL Central champions will play the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies or Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round beginning Wednesday.

"He deserves it," Piniella said. "He's been extremely consistent and reliable all season long."

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