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posted: 4/4/2012 8:40 PM

White Sox ready to put all the pieces together

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  • One thing is certain: John Danks will be on the mound for the White Sox in Friday's opener at Texas.

    One thing is certain: John Danks will be on the mound for the White Sox in Friday's opener at Texas.
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The White Sox obviously hoping for better results this season, which begins Friday afternoon at Texas.

They have a new manager (Robin Ventura), a new hitting coach (Jeff Manto), a new bench coach (Mark Parent) and a new third-base coach (Joe McEwing).

As for the actual 25-man roster, it is basically going to be the same crew that was on hand when the 2011 season ended at 79-83.

Workhorse starter Mark Buehrle has moved on to the Miami Marlins, where he reunites with former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.

Carlos Quentin was traded to the San Diego Padres on New Year's Eve, and he will open the season on the disabled list after having arthroscopic knee surgery in March.

Quentin played in only one of the Sox' final 37 games last year after injuring his shoulder.

Chris Sale moves from the bullpen to the rotation to take Buehrle's spot, and Dayan Viciedo is staying in the starting lineup after replacing the injured Quentin last August.

After wrapping up exhibition play against the Astros in Houston on Wednesday, the White Sox officially announced their 25-man roster:

Pitchers (12): Jesse Crain, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Philip Humber, Nate Jones, Will Ohman, Jake Peavy, Addison Reed, Chris Sale, Hector Santiago, Zach Stewart, Matt Thornton.

Catchers (2): A.J. Pierzynski, Tyler Flowers.

Infielders (6): Gordon Beckham, Adam Dunn, Eduardo Escobar, Paul Konerko, Brent Morel, Alexei Ramirez.

Outfielders (5): Alejandro De Aza, Kosuke Fukudome, Brent Lillibridge, Alex Rios, Dayan Viciedo.

Jones and Fukudome are the only new players this season.

Jones, a relief pitcher, made the club after posting a 1.54 ERA in 11 exhibition appearances while striking out 19 in 11 innings.

Last year Jones was 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA and 12 saves at Class AA Birmingham.

Fukudome, who spent most of the past four seasons with the Cubs, signed a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Sox to be a reserve outfielder.

So much for the new faces.

The big questions are: What is the regular lineup going to look like? What is the rotation order? And who is the closer?

Ventura and the White Sox have made no official announcements, but the opening-day lineup should look like this: De Aza, CF; Morel, 3B; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Rios, RF; Pierzynski, C; Ramirez, SS; Viciedo, LF; Beckham, 2B.

The rotation should look like this: Danks, LHP; Peavy, RHP; Floyd, RHP; Sale, LHP; Humber, RHP.

As for the closer, veterans Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain should get the first crack at pitching the ninth inning. Rookies Addison Reed and Hector Santiago will be options as the season moves forward.

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