Opening Day starter
Lou Piniella has talked to both Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster about starting on Opening Day, and they both want it. “Maybe we’ll split the game 4 1/2 innings apiece,” Piniella said.
Expect a decision by the end of the week as to who gets the assignment for April 6 vs. Houston. The Cubs do plan on skipping the fifth starter the first turn because of the off day in the schedule. That pitcher, most likely Sean Marshall, will stay with the team and could be used out of the bullpen.
— Carrie Muskat