If there's a monkey on Tyler Flowers' back, it's not off just yet.

The White Sox catcher had a successful debut as A.J. Pierzynski's successor, guiding Chris Sale through 7 2/3 shutout innings and hitting a solo home run to account for his team's only run in a 1-0 Opening Day win over Kansas City. A few boos were heard around U.S. Cellular Field when Flowers was announced as the team's starting catcher on Monday, the first time Pierzynski wasn't behind the plate on Opening Day since 2004.

If anything, Flowers' performance on Monday gave him a boost in confidence. The 27-year-old thinks a key to his season is to avoid doubting himself, especially given he's replacing someone with the long track record of Pierzynski.

"At the this point in my career, I can't live up to what A.J. Pierzynski did here," Flowers said. "I gotta do my own thing and be confident in what I'm doing and put my best effort forward every day."

Hitting the deciding home run was surely nice for Flowers, but he views whatever he does at the plate as nothing more than a bonus. After the game, Flowers was more proud of working with Sale to get him those 7 2/3 scoreless innings, which included seven strikeouts.