Left-hander Jon Lester will make his seventh Opening-Day start March 29 when the Cubs begin their 2018 season against the Marlins in Miami.

Manager Joe Maddon made the announcement Tuesday, but withheld naming the rest of the rotation until pitching coach Jim Hickey informed the other starters. Maddon did acknowledge the sculpting of the rotation was based on the Cubs’ schedule in the first month.

Lester also is lined up to pitch the Cubs’ home opener April 9 against the Pirates

Lester, 34, made four Opening-Day starts with the Red Sox and pitched season openers for the Cubs in 2015 and 2017, joining Hippo Vaughn (1915, 1917, 1919) and Paul Minner (1952, 1954) as the third left-hander in franchise history to make more than one opening-day start. Lester went 13-8 with a 4.33 ERA in 32 starts last season.

MLBPA files grievance

The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays, accusing the teams of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money.

Union spokesman Chris Dahl said the grievance was filed Friday. If the case is not settled, it would proceed to a hearing before Mark Irvings, baseball’s independent arbitrator.

Miami was 20th in payroll last year for its 40-man roster, according to MLB’s final figures. Pittsburgh was 25th, Tampa Bay 27th and Oakland 28th.

Pirates President Frank Coonelly called the grievance “patently baseless” and said the team spent revenue-sharing money consistent with the rules in baseball’s labor contract.

The players’ association expressed concern about the Marlins and the revenue-sharing provision a decade ago. While the Marlins denied any violations, the team, the union and the commissioner’s office announced in January 2010 an agreement covering three seasons.

Oakland will be disqualified from receiving revenue-sharing money starting with the offseason after the 2020 season, according to the collective-bargaining agreement.

Texas, Lincecum agree

According to two major-league sources, the Rangers have agreed to a deal with right-hander Tim Lincecum, nicknamed “The Freak,” on a major-league deal. The deal is still pending a physical. Lincecum is expected to move to the bullpen after a decade as a starter. He was out of baseball in 2017 after an abortive stint with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016.

Sluggers in lineup

Sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton will be in the New York Yankees’ lineup together for the first time in Wednesday’s game against Detroit. Judge will get one or two at-bats as the designated hitter in his first game since offseason left shoulder surgery, while Stanton will play right field. Barring any issues, Judge will the right fielder Friday against Atlanta.

Stanton, the 2017 NL MVP after hitting 59 homers, was obtained from Miami in December. Judge homered 52 times en route to becoming the AL Rookie of the Year last season.