Mark Buehrle endorses John Danks

Updated: February 22, 2011, 4:44 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle suggested the Opening Day start might be better off in the hands of teammate John Danks.

As of now though, all indications are that Buehrle will get the assignment for the ninth time. That decision hasn't been made officially, but manager Ozzie Guillen has hinted at it.

"If they come to me, what am I going to do, tell them no?" Buehrle said. "It's one of those things that if they give me the option or say, 'Hey, we're kind of tossing it between you and Danks, I'd say toss it to him. His last couple of years have been better than mine. We're going to have a change here before too long. If it was up to me and they gave me the option I'd probably hand it off."

It figures to be a coaching staff decision, not one for Buehrle to make. The left-hander has started on Opening Day eight times for the White Sox, tied for the most in franchise history with Billy Pierce.

Even if Buehrle did try to pass off the honor, he would find some resistance from Danks.

"I'll take it after he leaves, but [Jake] Peavy will be healthy then," Danks said. "He will be [White Sox's] Opening Day starter until the day he dies."

If Buehrle starts on Opening Day on April 1 at Cleveland, he would then be in line to pitch again April 6 at Kansas City. He wouldn't make his first home start until April 11. Whoever starts the second game of the season April 2 at Cleveland would then be in line to start the home opener April 7 against Tampa Bay.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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