Danks to Get the Nod for Opening Day
by Marcel Terrell, Chicago Student
With Spring Training nearing an end, the Chicago White Sox still did not have an opening day starter. However after pitcher John Danks went seven strong innings against the L. A. Dodgers on Monday in a 4-3 loss (Danks got a no decision) at Camelback Ranch manager Robin Ventura announced that Danks would get the nod on April 6 against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
It’s not unusual to see a lefty take the mound for opening day considering how Mark Buehrle now a Miami Marlin started the opening game every season from 2002 to 2006 and again from 2008 to 2011 for the Sox.
As for Danks reaction to getting the opening day nod he said, “It’s an honor. It’s something everyone dreams about, throwing on opening day,” he said. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch five of them. You can’t help but think, `Man, what if that were me out there?”
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