The White Sox will face Colby Lewis on Opening Day in Texas, followed by Derek Holland and Matt Harrison to round out their three-game set against the Rangers to kick off the 2012 season. Noticeably absent from that list is Yu Darvish, who will make his major-league debut April 9 against Seattle.
Having Darvish make his debut outside of the the national spotlight is probably a good call by Ron Washington -- Lewis and Holland were going to start the first two games no matter what, which left the third game, which is on Sunday Night Baseball, open. The media frenzy would've been nuts, and while Darvish may have handled it well, a nationally-televised five-inning, six-run disappointment could lead to more headaches than necessary.
Darvish will still get plenty of media attention for his debut against Seattle, but it'll be out of the spotlight a little bit. The added benefit, too, is that we in Chicago can now breathe easy knowing horrible puns on Yu Darvish's name (like the one in the headline of this post) won't run rampant across newspapers and websites next week.