Mark Buehrle to get 8th opener start

Updated: February 21, 2010, 4:34 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen announced Sunday that left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle will be his Opening Day starter on April 5 against the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

It will be Buehrle's eighth Opening Day start, making him the White Sox career leader. Buehrle had been tied with Sox legendary left-hander Billy Pierce.

"I think Mark feels very, very good," Guillen said. "I think he earned that spot."

Right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy, whom the Sox acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres last season, was Guillen's other possible choice. But Peavy said recently he wanted Buehrle to get the Opening Day assignment.

"I think he is deserving. ... It's his staff," Peavy said. "He has been the face of this franchise for such a long time."

Buehrle threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23, but he won only two the rest of the way and finished 13-10 with a 3.84 ERA.

"I hope he doesn't throw another no-hitter," Guillen joked. "Please don't. We were in first place when that happened."

The White Sox were tied for first when Buehrle fired his perfect game, but they lost a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers the next day and never regained first place.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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