TUCSON, Ariz. - Manager Ozzie Guillen unofficially made it official on Friday that Mark Buehrle would indeed start his sixth Opening Day in the last seven years.
The way the rotation sets up right now – with a slight subject to change – It will be Buehrle against Cleveland in the opener, followed by Javier Vazquez and John Danks. Jose Contreras would then start the three-game series in Detroit, followed by Gavin Floyd and then Buehrle.
As far as the home opener, that will fall to Vazquez, rewarding the veteran right-hander for his 15-8 2007 season.
With Cactus League play starting next week, Buehrle is scheduled to start the first intrasquad game, while Vazquez will start intrasquad game No. 2. That means Danks pitches the Cactus League opener against Colorado on Feb. 27.