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For Mark Buehrle, This Season Is All Downhill From Here

On the first day, Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle may have already made the best play you will see all year (video via Back Porch at Fanhouse).

Buehrle was sensational on the mound, going seven innings and only allowing three hits in Chicago’s 6-0 win over Cleveland. But that was child’s play compared to the play he made in the fifth inning. CBS Sports explains:

He retired the last 10 batters he faced, struck out three and walked one, and drew loud cheers for a spectacular play in the fifth when a hard one-hopper by Lou Mason ricocheted off his left foot into foul territory along the first-base side. Buehrle raced over and — in one motion — shoveled the ball between his legs with his glove to Konerko to retire the runner, one of several highlights for a team that expects to contend in the AL Central after going 79-83.

Fantastic stuff. Now if only Buehrle would put down that Quality Deer Management Association’s magazine for a second and find a nice novel to read (in case you didn’t know Buehrle “don’t read books”), everything would be coming up Buehrle today.

Buehrle baffles Indians as White Sox win opener [CBS Sports]
Mark Buehrle Makes the Play of the Year … on Baseball’s First Day [Backporch Fanhouse]
(previously at the Sportress: White Sox Hurler Mark Buehrle “Don’t Read Books” And Wouldn’t Change Places With Anybody)