Ventura names Danks to start opener

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura had finally seen enough on Monday to name his Opening Day starter.

John Danks got the nod to start the season on the road on April 6 against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers.

"I think that's cool," Danks 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?"

Danks allowed two earned runs and five hits over seven innings on Monday, earning a no-decision in the White Sox's 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.