Cubs tab Jon Lester to start on Opening Day

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Jon Lester will start on Opening Day for the Cubs. The Cubs open the season on Thursday, March 29 in Miami against the Marlins.

Lester, 34, will be making his second consecutive and third overall Opening Day start for the Cubs. Lester also started four consecutive Opening Days for the Red Sox from 2011-14. The lefty now leads a Cubs rotation that includes Yu Darvish and no longer includes Jake Arrieta, who is still a free agent.

Last year, Lester put up his worst ERA since 2012, finishing with a 4.33 ERA and a 180/60 K/BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings.