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Diamondbacks name Ian Kennedy as Opening Day starter

Feb 25, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

Ian Kennedy AP

According to the Associated Press, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced today that right-hander Ian Kennedy will get the ball on Opening Day against the Cardinals on April 1.

The choice doesn’t come as a big surprise, as this will be Kennedy’s third straight Opening Day assignment. The 28-year-old right-hander went 15-12 with a 4.02 ERA and 187/55 K/BB ratio over 208 1/3 innings last season.

Gibson also announced today that Kennedy will be followed in the rotation by Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley and Brandon McCarthy. Randall Delgado, Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs are currently competing for the fifth spot.

  1. cosanostra71 - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Ian Kennedy is apparently the grittiest player on the Diamondbacks. He has grit that Trevor Bauer can only dream of.

  2. southofheaven81 - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    As a Scranton native who watched him work his way up through the Yankees’ farm system it’s really cool to see that he’s come into his own in Arizona.

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