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Quade recalibrates rotation before road swing

Quade recalibrates rotation before road swing

Quade recalibrates rotation before road swing
CHICAGO -- Ryan Dempster, who has a 15-3 career record against the Brewers, will open the Cubs' road trip on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Cubs manager Mike Quade is keeping right-hander Rodrigo Lopez in the bullpen for now, and he will return to the rotation on Saturday in St. Louis.

The rotation against the Brewers will be Dempster (7-7, 5.00 ERA) on Tuesday followed by Carlos Zambrano (7-5, 4.70 ERA) and Randy Wells (2-3, 6.17 ERA). Matt Garza, who started threw seven innings of a 5-4 win over the Astros on Sunday, will open the three-game set against the Cardinals on Friday followed by Lopez (2-2, 3.55 ERA) and Dempster.

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Lopez has posted quality starts in his last three outings.

"He'd be available [in relief] even through the second game in Milwaukee," Quade said. "He's been pretty resilient. His experience is important."

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