Cubs name Jon Lester as Opening Day starter

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Making official what was expected, the Cubs have named Jon Lester as their Opening Day starter.

Lester, who joined the Cubs on a six-year, $155 million deal in December, made the Opening Day start for the Red Sox last season and in 2013, 2012, and 2011.

He’ll be followed in the rotation by Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, and Kyle Hendricks, with the fifth spot up for grabs among Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, and Tsuyoshi Wada.