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It was a rather forgettable afternoon for Buehrle, who tied Billy Pierce's club record by starting his seventh opener. That bit of trivia aside, the three-time All-Star struggled with his control and consistently found himself in jams.
A 15-game winner last season, he allowed two runs and six hits while striking out three, walking three and hitting two batters over five innings.
A single by Thome helped the White Sox load the bases with none out in the bottom half. Fields hit an RBI single, but Jermaine Dye was easily thrown out at the plate when he tried to score from second.
Fields, replacing the departed Joe Crede at third, also saved a run in the fifth when he stabbed Billy Butler's grounder behind the bag and threw home to force Mark Teahen with the bases loaded.
Notes: White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Jose Contreras would be the team's No. 4 starter with Bartolo Colon in the fifth spot. ... Pierce threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
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