Bruce Bochy officially announced his easiest decision of the spring on Monday, naming Matt Cain as the opening day starter.
It's the first opening day nod for Cain, an eight-year veteran, and snaps a four-year run by Tim Lincecum. Barry Zito got the two opening day starts prior to the start of Lincecum's streak.
Cain, 28, is coming off the most fruitful season of his career. He was rewarded with a new contract before the season started, threw a perfect game in June, started the All-Star Game in July and took the ball for the World Series-clinching victory in October.
Bochy said he feels he has five guys worthy of the spot, but Cain has earned the honor.