02/25/11 7:10 PM EST
Buehrle honored with Opening Day nod
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
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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"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."
Pitchers aligned, ready for action
GLENDALE, Ariz -- The White Sox have set their pitching alignment for the next week behind their five starters.
In Monday's Cactus League opener at Camelback Ranch against the Dodgers, Gavin Floyd will be followed by Lucas Harrell, Miguel Socolovich, Jeff Gray, Tony Pena, Brandon Hynick, Will Ohman, Gregory Infante and Jhonny Nunez. Tuesday's home contest with the Brewers features Mark Buehrle for two innings, with Chris Sale, Jesse Crain, Phil Humber, Matt Thornton, Sergio Santos and Josh Kinney also taking the mound.
Edwin Jackson will make Wednesday's start against the Reds in Goodyear. Brian Bruney, Freddy Dolsi, Kyle Cofield, Kyle Bellamy, Anthony Carter and Nathan Jones also are going on Wednesday. John Danks starts Thursday at home against the Mariners.
Socolovich and Dolsi have earned high praise from both White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper in the first week of Spring Training. Meanwhile, Floyd simply is ready to start facing opposing competition.
"Things really, really start when you get out there in games facing other players," Floyd said. "But it's really about whenever they put you out there during Spring Training, get your work in and pitch to the best of your ability."
White Sox pay attention to fundamentals
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ozzie Guillen is not a big fan of the rundown drill during Spring Training because he doesn't want to risk one of his players getting hurt. But the White Sox manager understands his players have to run through specific fundamentals two or three times before breaking camp as sort of an important big league review course.
"This is not the Minor Leagues. This is a big league camp," Guillen said. "I got that from Bobby Cox. The drill we have to do, we have to do it because it's a reminder. But we're not coming here to teach.
"You should know what to do, where's your position, where you're going to be and we'll deal with that. You have to do what you have to do even if you don't like it. I would rather have guys hit and take ground balls and do situational things."
Guillen understands fundamental workouts such as Friday's won't guarantee a lack of miscues during the regular season.
"In 162 games, you will make mistakes. Like the rundown plays," Guillen said. "If you don't know how to do that, come on. A lot of teams don't do it the right way.
"During the season people think we don't practice. Yes, we do. Everybody practices everything. Some people put in 10 hours, some people put in two, but they all work."
Teahen to miss a few days
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Teahen left White Sox camp on Friday to attend to a family health matter. Manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't believe Teahen's short-term absence will have any effect on the third-base battle with Brent Morel.
"I talked to him, and what are you going to miss, a game? Don't worry about it," Guillen said. "And besides that, when you're on the field and thinking about something else, you might bring it onto the field and that won't help you. Make sure you take care of what you need to take care of and come back here and we'll help you.
"To me, family is first. You take care of your stuff and you come back here and you're more than welcome back. Family is very important and that's the reason we sent him home. He should be back in a couple of days."
Third to first
White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday. ... Jake Peavy will throw a light side session Saturday after two days off following Tuesday's 40-pitch live batting practice. "He has a smile on his face and is feeling pretty good about himself," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Peavy. ... Charlie Leesman stands as one of six pitchers working two innings in Sunday's intrasquad game.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Being Ozzie Guillen, and follow him on Twitter at @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.