CHICAGO (AP) -- Mark Buehrle was in a hurry on Opening Day.
Working quickly, throwing strikes and letting his fielders get
involved, Chicago's lefty was in rare form.
"We have a good defense, so let them put the ball in play,"
Buehrle said Monday after pitching the White Sox past the Cleveland
Buehrle retired the first 12 batters and allowed just two hits
in eight innings. The first White Sox season opener at home in 15
years took just one hour and 51 minutes to play.
"Buehrle was as good as I've ever seen him," Cleveland manager
Eric Wedge said.
Wedge's starter, Jake Westbrook, wasn't bad either, giving up
just four hits in eight innings and getting the first complete game
of the season.
"You got to match him pitch-for pitch," Westbrook said. "It's
tough to go out and continue to put up zeros. He one-upped me
Playing its first season opener at home since the final year of
old Comiskey Park in 1990, Chicago finally broke the scoreless duel
in the seventh, thanks to an error by Indians shortstop Jhonny
Paul Konerko doubled down the left-field line, moved to third on
Jermaine Dye's fly to right and scored as Peralta misplayed Aaron
Rowand's one-out grounder. Peralta was the first player other than
Omar Vizquel to start for the Indians at shortstop since 1993.
"If the guy throws the ball, I'm going to be out probably,"
said Konerko, a slow runner.
"He started to run and I started to go into the ball. I
couldn't catch the ball," Peralta said. "It was a little bit
tough. It played hard off the field."
Shingo Takatsu pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
Buehrle hurt his foot shagging flies on March 20 and had to skip
a spring training start before making a quick recovery. He has
started four straight openers for the White Sox.
"He's unbelievable. I know his foot is bothering him," Konerko
"It wasn't that big of a deal," Buehrle said. "I missed one
[spring training] start. I felt strong out there."
The AL leader in innings pitched last season, he didn't allow a
runner until Victor Martinez led off the fifth with a single to
center on a 3-2 pitch, the ball shooting through Buehrle's legs.
Martinez was then erased in a double play.
Last July at Jacobs Field, Buehrle retired his first 19 batters
before giving up a single to Vizquel, and faced the minimum 27
batters in the two-hit shutout.
"It kind of went through my head, especially once the guy got a
hit and the double play and back to facing a minimum number of
guys," Buehrle said.
Westbrook was just as tough, allowing only two hits in the first
six innings, singles to Dye in the second and Konerko in the
Cleveland is expected to announce a long-term contract for
catcher Victor Martinez at a news conference Tuesday. Martinez
batted .283 with 23 homers and 108 RBI last season and made the AL
All-Star team. "I can't say. I can't say anything about that until
it happens," Martinez said after Monday's game. The Indians have
been talking to Martinez's agent for a few months, trying to work
out a deal for their 26-year-old catcher and cleanup hitter.
Martinez was originally signed as a non-draft eligible free agent
by Cleveland in 1996. He broke in with the Indians in 2002, playing
in 12 games. He played in 49 games in 2003 and then had his
breakout 141-game season a year ago. ... Attendance on a sunny
64-degree day was announced at 38,141. ...In the last White Sox
opener at home, they beat Milwaukee 2-1. ...Cleveland's Aaron Boone
played his first game since the 2003 World Series with the New York
Yankees. The third baseman, who missed last season due to a pair of
knee operations following an injury during a pickup basketball
game, was 0-for-3 but made several nice defensive plays. ...
Buehrle threw 102 pitches, Westbrook 101.
New York Yankees' Gio Urshela likely out 3 months after elbow surgery
Yankees infielder Gio Urshela is recovering from surgery to remove a bone chip in his right elbow.
Zack Britton, Gerrit Cole, Jason Castro, Francisco Lindor, Marcus Semien join union top panel
Yankees pitchers Zack Britton and Gerrit Cole, free-agent catcher Jason Castro, Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor and free-agent shortstop Marcus Semien were elected Friday to the executive subcommittee of the MLB Players Association.
MLB sues insurance providers, cites billions in losses related to COVD-19
MLB and all 30 teams are suing their insurance providers, citing billions of dollars in losses related to COVID-19.
Texas Rangers hire former MLB pitcher Chris Young as general manager
Former MLB pitcher Chris Young will take over as the new executive vice president and general manager of the Rangers.
Former New York Yankees affiliate from Staten Island shuts down, sues MLB club
The Staten Island Yankees, once affiliated with the New York Yankees, has shut down and filed a lawsuit accusing the MLB team of violating an agreement that it would never abandon the farm club.
Can the Phillies retain Realmuto?
Mark Teixeira and Tim Kurkjian explain that the Phillies will have competition in re-signing J.T. Realmuto this offseason.