Buehrle honored with Opening Day nod

Buehrle honored with Opening Day nod

Buehrle honored with Opening Day nod
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Everyone but Mark Buehrle now appears to know the left-hander will be extending his White Sox franchise-record Opening Day start mark to nine on April 1 in Cleveland.

Buehrle hadn't heard anything Friday morning, and wasn't about to provide any breaking news until it was official. Manager Ozzie Guillen's comments later Friday, though, all but erased any doubt.

"You can put it this way: Yeah, he's going to be our starting guy," said Guillen of Buehrle. "I don't think [general manager] Kenny [Williams] is going to say anything."

Guillen announced Thursday that his inclination was to go with Buehrle, with Edwin Jackson, John Danks and Gavin Floyd following in order. But Guillen also wanted to run the idea past Williams and pitching coach Don Cooper to make sure all three were in agreement.

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That conversation never took place on Friday, but Guillen also didn't hear anything to the contrary from either of the other two parties. While Buehrle would have deferred this honor to Danks if given a voice, primarily because of Danks' great success over the last two years, pitching on Opening Day never gets old or tired for him.

"A lot of people say it gets old, but I don't know how it can get old. It's like an All-Star appearance," Buehrle said. "It's a build-up from the offseason with all the offseason moves you make.

"It's the one game that's sold out. It's sort of like a playoff game ... it's going to be a great atmosphere, and I'll try to get us off on the right foot."

Buehrle's last Opening Day start in Cleveland came on March 31, 2008, and lasted a grand total of 1 2/3 innings, with the Indians getting to him for seven runs on seven hits. Buehrle didn't suffer the loss when the White Sox rallied to erase a 7-2 deficit against CC Sabathia.

"I remember we didn't win, either," said Buehrle, as the Indians claimed a 10-8 victory.

"Oh, it was an ugly one," said Guillen of Buehrle's last Cleveland debut. "Please don't do that again. But yeah, he's going to be the guy."