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Danks up for Opening Day start

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When Robin Ventura was asked point blank who his Opening Day starter will be, he wasn't ready to discuss it on the first day of pitchers and catchers workouts.

"I'm not going there yet," Ventura said. "We're going to plan for that here in the next week or two before we get into games."

John Danks is the likely choice to face the Texas Rangers in Arlington on April 6. The only starter in the Sox rotation who has started on Opening Day is Jake Peavy.

Danks, who signed a $65 million extension during the offseason after going 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA last season, is up for the assignment.

"Yeah. I think everyone wants to pitch on Opening Day,'' Danks said Friday. "It's a fun game. It's a lot different than any other game in the regular season. It would be fun, but it's not my decision.''

Mark Buehrle, who left the Sox for the Miami Marlins as a free agent, started nine of the last 10. Last spring, Buehrle was campaigning for Danks to get the nod following Danks' 15-win season. Buehrle said it with an eye on the Sox future and his probable impending exit.

"He says some stupid stuff sometimes,'' Danks said. "You take what Buehrle says with a grain of salt. But I think any one of us five can go out there and give us a chance to win. After the first game, it doesn't matter what order we go in. Robin said it yesterday, our success this year will be based on how well we pitch the ball.''

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