Peavy backs Danks for opening day start

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Peavy backs Danks for opening day start

Mark Buehrle started nine of the last 10 opening days for the White Sox, including the last four. But with Buehrle off to Miami, the Sox will have someone other than the dependable lefty starting the season opener for the first time since 2007, when Jose Contreras started against Cleveland.

Jake Peavy sees John Danks as that guy.

"Id love to see Johnny Danks get that nod," Peavy told CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien in a one-on-one interview that will air on Comcast SportsNet Sunday. "Johnny has worked so hard, kind of a Mark Buehrle protg. Hes here for the next five or so years."

Only two White Sox pitchers since the end of the deadball era have started five consecutive opening days. One is Wilbur Wood, who started every opening day from 1972-1976. The other is Buehrle.

With Danks under control for the next five seasons, he very well could join that group.

Peavy also elaborated on the difference between starting opening day and any other early-season game:

"Ive pitched on opening day six or seven times, and it's a thrill no doubt, and you feel some extra excitement on opening day that you may not feel in game two or three or four," explained Peavy. "Ill certainly take the ball whenever and however I got it. I can promise you this Im going to do everything I can to be the top end of the rotation guy that I know I can be, and whether thats on opening day or game five."

White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

In this episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast, shortstop Tim Anderson joins the podcast and gives a revealing interview with Chuck Garfien about his first season with the White Sox and how adversity he faced in high school still drives him today.

Dan Hayes calls in from Arizona to break down the White Sox-Cubs game. They talk about Lucas Giolito’s White Sox debut, Jose Abreu’s first home run of the spring and the latest Jose Quintana rumors.

CSN’s Siera Santos talks about her conversations with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs meet in spring training

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