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Buehrle won't turn down Opening Day nod

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Although it hasn't been announced, Mark Buehrle is expected to start the White Sox opener at Cleveland on April 1. It would be his ninth Opening Day start, the most of any White Sox pitcher.
Had Jake Peavy been healthy and performed as the No. 1-type starter the Sox expected when they traded for him, he would likely be the one. Buehrle says John Danks might be more deserving based on his fellow lefthander's performances the last two seasons, but he won't turn down the honor.
"If they come to me, what am I going to do tell them, no?'' Buehrle said Tuesday before the Sox' first full-squad workout of spring training.
"If they gave me the option and said they were tossing between me and Danks I'd say go ahead and hand it to him. His last couple years have been better than mine. And they'll have a change here before too long, so if it was up to me and I had the option I would hand it off.''
This could be Buehrle's last fling with the White Sox. His contract expires after the season.
Danks said as long as Buehrle is around, he should be the Opening Day starter. He went as far to say that he wouldn't want to start ahead of Buehrle, out of respect for the veteran.

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