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GLENDALE, Ariz. – They don’t call him “Big Game James” for nothing.

Rick Renteria is giving James Shields the ball to kick off the 2018 season, naming him the White Sox Opening Day starter Saturday.

Shields didn’t light up the stat sheet in 2017, compiling a 5-7 record with 5.23 ERA with 103 strikeouts.

But, it could have been worse.

The year prior, the 36-year-old vet went 4-12 on the South Side and 2-7 with the San Diego Padres, combining for a 5.85 ERA.

It will be a bit of a homecoming for Shields when he takes the hill against the Royals on March 29th.

He spent two seasons in Kansas City, finishing both campaigns with a winning record.