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02/22/11 6:20 PM EST

GM Williams stands by Pujols comments

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- On Tuesday, White Sox general manager Ken Williams stood by his comments -- made during a Monday interview with Comcast SportsNet Chicago -- that the possibility of Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols earning $30 million per season would be bad for baseball.

"All I'm interested in is the game," said Williams, sitting in his golf cart following White Sox workouts at Camelback Ranch. "We're just caretakers of this game, all of us: you guys, me, the players. We're caretakers of this game to the next generation. And then the next generation after that."

Williams, who made clear that his comments were not in any way a shot at Pujols, went on to note past examples of small-market success stories such as the A's and Reds of the 1970s, the Pirates of the late '70s and the Royals in the '80s to support his argument.

"These are all what? They are all small-market teams," Williams said. "Teams that, at that time, had a fighting chance or greater than a fighting chance because of their expertise, because of their intellect -- how they put together teams.

"These are cities and these are teams that are responsible for the great popularity, to a large degree, that we now enjoy in the game. Well, these people, these cities and the people in these cities, baseball fans, should not be left out in the cold. That's all I'm saying.

"It's important that the people and the cities that I just mentioned and many more have just as much chance to hope and dream about their team winning a World Series as anybody else," Williams said. "Right now, that's not happening."

This concern comes at an interesting time for Williams, whose White Sox enter 2011 with a franchise-record $125 million payroll. Although Williams is comfortable with the team assembled, he's not comfortable with that lofty total of money spent.

"We're out on a limb, but that's our choice," Williams said. "We made the choice in an effort to give our fans hope and give ourselves a chance to compete for a championship.

"If things don't fall our way, if we don't get the support, we'll lose money. We're going to lose money, but we've gone into this knowing how long can you do that, how much can you absorb? Well, I don't have the answers to those questions just yet. We made this decision, but it's a risky proposition."

Buehrle says Danks is Opening Day worthy

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If Mark Buehrle were given a decision in picking the White Sox Opening Day starter, the veteran southpaw would choose John Danks.

Buehrle certainly would like to extend his franchise record to nine career Opening Day starts, especially in what could be his last with a four-year, $56-million extension expiring after the 2011 season. But he just believes Danks has earned the honor through his exceptional body of work over the last two years. Danks, a protege of sorts for Buehrle, claims he wouldn't take the honor even if offered, as long as Buehrle still was around.

"He'll be the Opening Day starter for the White Sox until the day he dies," said Danks of Buehrle.

Neither Danks nor Buehrle really have a say in the pitcher taking the mound against the Indians on April 1 at Progressive Field. That call will be made by pitching coach Don Cooper and manager Ozzie Guillen, with Guillen indicating on Tuesday how nothing will be made official for another few days.

"I'll save that news for when we're boring and nobody is talking about the White Sox," said Guillen with a smile. "Then, I'll say Buehrle is my starter."

Cooper's Cactus League starting alignment leads up to Buehrle pitching that first game in Cleveland. The last time Buehrle did not make an Opening Day start was 2007, when Jose Contreras was picked.

Danks is fine with waiting his Opening Day turn and not interrupting Buehrle's run of what would be four straight.

"I'll take it after he leaves," said Danks with a laugh.

Konerko avoids statistical talk

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coming off one of the best seasons of his illustrious career, Paul Konerko couldn't be blamed for talking a little bit Tuesday about his .312 average, 39 home runs and 111 RBIs produced during his Most Valuable Player-caliber effort in 2010.

That sort of boastful talk just doesn't fit Konerko's style, even before Cactus League action has gotten under way on the day when the full White Sox roster reported. It's always about the team first for the captain.

"I think of work, I think of approach, things along those lines," Konerko said. "Thinking numbers or chasing numbers, that's an end. I try to focus on the means to that end and if that's what happens, then great.

"If it doesn't, again, I've had many years where you swing the bat one way and you like it and the numbers come out one way. The next year you don't feel quite as comfortable yet the numbers are a little better. It doesn't make sense.

"You're going to have your chance to drive in runs. But as a player, you just have to be careful not to chase those results, especially if it's from a previous year. That's a trap you can fall into. Every year is its own thing, and you just focus on what makes you tick."

Peavy remains on track

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Peavy reported no unusual soreness after throwing a 40-pitch batting-practice session Monday, continuing his recovery from 2010 season-ending surgery to repair a torn muscle in his right shoulder.

Peavy is scheduled to throw another BP session on Wednesday, with his first Cactus League start set for March 4 against the Angels in Tempe, Ariz.

"I saw him move around on the field, bunt plays, and he was moving very well," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "The question is going to be there every day, every time he's on the mound -- how he feels. He feels good, he feels comfortable and he's happy. That's all that counts."

Third to first

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Adam Dunn expressed no preference on where he hits in the White Sox order, whether it be third, fourth or fifth. "Just as long as I'm not hitting 10th," a smiling Dunn said. ... During his annual address to the full roster on Tuesday's report day, manager Ozzie Guillen told his charges not to believe the preseason hype. "We haven't done anything yet," Guillen said. "We don't deserve all the propaganda and stuff. We have to earn it."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Being Ozzie Guillen and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.