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GREEN BAY, Wis. [url=http://www.nbabucksproshop.com/Authentic-John-Henson-Bucks-Jersey/]John Henson Jersey[/url] . -- Aaron Rodgers isnt out for revenge in Green Bays season opener. Sure, the San Francisco 49ers bounced the Packers from the NFC playoffs with a 45-31 win in January, but the former MVP quarterback -- who grew up a Niners fan in Northern California -- says he and his teammates are simply focused on the task at hand. "It was never about revenge," said Rodgers. "Were way past that, I feel like. "(I) still follow the Niners. Theyre close to home there, still have a lot of friends that are still on the fence at times when the Packers play the Niners. "This is a big game for both teams. First game of the season. Itll be a great matchup." The matchup the last time wasnt so great for the Packers, who allowed Colin Kaepernick to run for 181 yards -- the most by a quarterback in NFL history in a regular season or post-season game -- and gave up 579 yards of total offence. Green Bays defence not only had trouble with Kaepernick running the read-option, but also with him pulling the ball down and scrambling on pass plays. Kaepernick made things even harder on the Packers because hes not just a running quarterback -- he also completed 17 of 31 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown after opening the game with a pick-six interception to cornerback Sam Shields. But the read-option is what got the Packers attention, so much so that coach Mike McCarthy sent his defensive staff to Texas A&M this off-season on a fact-finding mission to learn more about how to defend such plays. Defensive co-ordinator Dom Capers also talked with University of Wisconsin defensive co-ordinator Dave Aranda, an expert in defending the read-option who coached against Kaepernick when Kaepernick played collegiately at Nevada. "Obviously, those guys made plays, but we definitely do our job, particularly on defence," Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji said Wednesday. "Thats a big emphasis going into this game. "I think Coach Dom has done a great job of laying down the game plan and what he feels we have to be ready for. The guys have really taken heed to that and hopefully that shows on Sunday." While the playoff loss hasnt been a major topic of conversation in team meetings this week, McCarthy acknowledged that many of the plays from that game have been in the film cut-ups the coaches have used to prepare the players. "As far as exactly what games are involved in our cut-ups, Im not going to get into total detail. But, yes, that game is one of them," said McCarthy, whose team also lost its regular season opener last year to the 49ers, although that was at Lambeau Field and with Alex Smith at quarterback for San Francisco. "You look at games that obviously you feel have input to your game-plan and how you prepare for the game. Obviously, when you play a team in the past like we did last year, watching both games, your opportunity for the players to see the matchups, you look at all that tape." As much attention as the defences poor performance received, though, Rodgers made it clear that the offence was to blame, too. Rodgers completed 26 of 39 passes for 257 yards with two touchdowns and one interception (91.5 rating), and the Packers scored only three third-quarter points as a 24-21 halftime deficit grew to 38-24 one play into the fourth. "I mean, we had 24 points on offence," Rodgers said. "Thats not bad against that defence, but we need to score enough points to win and we didnt do that. A couple drives there in the third quarter that really were frustrating, (we) didnt get enough points there. We had some opportunities. Playing a great team like this that you know can put up points, you have to maximize opportunities, especially when youre in the red zone and get seven points." NOTES: The only player the Packers figure to be without Sunday is second-year CB Casey Hayward, who reinjured his hamstring against Seattle on Aug. 23 and has been ruled out. Hayward, who led the team in interceptions last season with six, had initially hurt the hamstring before training camp and missed the first three weeks of practice. ... Special teams ace Jarrett Bush (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in practice. [url=http://www.nbabucksproshop.com/Authentic-Miles-Plumlee-Bucks-Jersey/]Miles Plumlee Bucks Jersey[/url] . -- The Denver Broncos locked up a shutdown cornerback, only his name wasnt Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. [url=http://www.nbabucksproshop.com/Authentic-Rashad-Vaughn-Bucks-Jersey/]Rashad Vaughn Jersey[/url] . The question is how many minutes will be available to them and can any of their defence or goaltending provide value? Top Picks: Following a down year in 2011-2012, Matt Duchene rebounded with his highest points-per-game (0. 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Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run double to give the Rays a 2-0 lead in the second after Loney singled and Logan Forsythe walked. Loneys single extended the Rays lead to 3-0 in the third. Wil Myers scored after he doubled. White Sox starter John Danks (2-1) struggled with his command and a high pitch count. He allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out four, walked four and threw a career-high 123 pitches. Danks said none of his pitches were working. "I had moments where I was able to throw only one of four over the plate but none nearly consistently enough," Danks said. "Its hard to pitch 2-0, 3-1 to these guys. Its something were definitely going to have to work on." The White Sox threatened in the fifth, loading the bases with a walk, a single and another walk. Jose Abreu grounded out against Ramos to end the inning. Abreu hit a walk-off grand slam in the White Soxs 9-6 victory over the Rays on Friday. "If he gets a hit, theyre right back in the game," Ramos said. "Thats their big guy. I made a pretty decent pitch and (Evan Longoria) made an amazing play, charging for the ball and hit Loney right in the chest." Danks exited in the sixth after allowing a two-out, RBI triple to Desmond Jennings that made it 4-0. Danks has walked 17 and struck out 18 in 31 innings this season. Ramos departed after he allowed a leadoff single in the sixth inniing in his sixth career start. [url=http://www.nbabucksproshop.com/Authentic-Jabari-Parker-Bucks-Jersey/]Jabari Parker Bucks Jersey[/url]. He walked two but didnt record a strikeout. Ramos has started three games this season after making four relief appearances. He allowed one run in five innings against the New York Yankees in his previous start. Ramos threw just 65 pitches, but Rays manager Joe Maddon said he wanted to pull Ramos with Paul Konerko coming to the plate. "He kept the ball down," Maddon said. "He didnt make a lot of mistakes up in the strike zone. They put the ball in play. They didnt hit him hard." Brandon Gomes threw three shutout innings and Juan Carlos Oviedo pitched a scoreless ninth. Maddon was ejected in the bottom of the eighth for his first ejection of the season. Home plate umpire Tim Timmons ejected Maddon after he appeared to protest Timmons check swing call on leadoff batter Adam Eaton. Timmons called a ball after Eaton checked his swing on a 2-2 count. Eaton grounded out. The White Sox were shutout for just the second time this season. They were averaging 5.58 runs per game, second in the majors entering Saturday. NOTES: Before the game, the White Sox placed 3B Conor Gillaspie on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hand contusion, retroactive to Tuesday. Gillaspie is batting .302 with 12 RBIs in 16 games. He said he has been battling the injury for 2-3 weeks and hopes to swing a bat within 5-6 days. Marcus Semien started at third base. ... The White Sox added RHP Hector Noesi to the roster after they claimed him off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. He was 0-1 with a 14.21 ERA in 6 1-3 innings with the Rangers and Seattle Mariners. He threw 1 1-3 scoreless innings Saturday. ... Rays RHP Grant Balfour stressed he was frustrated with himself and was not directing anger at Konerko when they exchanged words after Balfour walked Konerko in the ninth inning Friday. "It was competitive stuff coming out," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think Paul might have been watching the Blackhawks game." ... RHP Scott Carroll will make his major league debut for the White Sox on Sunday. He is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA for Triple-A Charlotte. LHP David Price (3-1, 4.04) will start for the Rays. 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