Cubs Opening Day 2012: Lineups Are Set For Nationals Vs. Cubs

The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals will celebrate Opening Day together on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field (1:20 p.m. CT), and the lineups are set for a marquee pitching matchup between Ryan Dempster and Stephen Strasburg. Most Cubs talk has centered around President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer during the offseason, and for good reason, but it is an exciting prospect to have some actual hardball to digest for the first time in while. Here is the full lineup for Thursday's Opening Day game against the Washington Nationals:

Cubs

  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Darwin Barney, 2B
  3. Starlin Castro, SS
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Ian Stewart, 3B
  6. Jeff Baker, 1B
  7. Marlon Byrd, CF
  8. Geovany Soto, C
  9. Ryan Dempster, P

Nationals

  1. Ian Desmond, SS
  2. Danny Espinosa, 2B
  3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
  4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  5. Jayson Werth, RF
  6. Mark DeRosa, LF
  7. Roger Bernadina, CF
  8. Wilson Ramos, C
  9. Stephen Strasburg, P

For more on this story, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.

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