Posted: Mon February 25, 2013 3:17PM; Updated: Tue February 26, 2013 10:54AM

Ian Kennedy will start opener for Diamondbacks

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Ian Kennedy
Ian Kennedy has won 36 games for Arizona the past two seasons.
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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Ian Kennedy has been selected as the Arizona Diamondbacks' opening-day starter.

Manager Kirk Gibson made the announcement Monday. He also says the right-hander is going to be followed in the rotation by righty Trevor Cahill, left-hander Wade Miley and free-agent signee Brandon McCarthy.

Arizona opens the seasons on April 1 at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kennedy was 15-12 with a 4.02 ERA last year after winning 21 games in 2011. He joins Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and Brandon Webb as the only Diamondbacks to have back-to-back 15-win seasons.

Cahill was 13-12 with a 3.78 ERA last year. Miley finished second to Washington's Bryce Harper for NL Rookie of the Year after winning 16 games last year.

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