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Record Start for Buehrle

White Sox pitcher makes 8th consecutive Opening Day start



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    Baseball returns to Chicago Monday as the White Sox open U.S. Cellular field with a series against the Cleveland Indians.

    The first pitch will bring more history to U.S. Cellular field marks another piece of history for White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle; he breaks the club record for most Opening Day starts today.

    Buehrle’s made eight early April trips to the mound, one better than White Sox legend Billy Pierce.

    “It’s another opening day start,” said Buehrle. “I think once you retire and sit back and look at everything you’ve accomplished and everything you’ve done, I think it will stand out a little bit more. I’m thankful the guys made the decision to throw me back out there when there’s three other guys just as capable as I am to go out there and do it.”

    “I can’t think of a better person to have the eighth opening day start than Mark Buehrle,” said Billy Pierce. “He’s a great young fella and a great pitcher.”

    Buehrle is just 31 years old. He begins his 11th season with the White Sox. Among the accolades on his resume, last season’s perfect game, only the 18th ever in baseball history.  

    The Chicago Cubs open the season at Turner Field in Atlanta. Carlos Zambrano gets the call for the Cubs; Derek Lowe will take the mound for the Atlanta Braves.

    “We’ve had a good spring,” said Lou Piniella, Cubs Manager. “We’re leaving relatively healthy. We’ve pitched quite well and I’ll tell you we’re going to swing the bats a little better than we have the past week or so.”