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Chicago White Sox starter Mark Buehrle said facing an NL

opponent in his previous start, rather than an AL Central rival,

helped him avoid his longest losing streak in four years.

Buehrle won’t be as fortunate in his next outing.

In his attempt to win back-to-back starts for the second time

this season, Buehrle will take on the Cleveland Indians, the only

division rival against which he has a losing record.

After opening the season with consecutive wins, Buehrle (3-5,

4.55 ERA) was 0-5 with a 6.44 ERA in his previous six starts before

facing Florida at home Friday night. He ended his skid by allowing

three hits over eight innings of an 8-0 win.

“I feel it’s to my advantage because a lot of these guys I have

not seen,” Buehrle said. “To be honest with you, I get sick of

facing Kansas City and Cleveland. Guys got 100 at bats against me,

what else are you going to throw?”

Buehrle won’t be able to avoid the Indians (17-27) as the White

Sox (19-26) close a three-game series at Progressive Field. It will

be the left-hander’s third start against Cleveland in 10 total

outings this season.

Buehrle held the Indians to three hits over seven innings on

opening day, taking a 6-0 home win. On April 16, he gave up six

runs – three earned – over six frames in a 6-2 loss in

Cleveland.

He’s split his last eight starts versus the Indians but is 2-5

with a 6.04 ERA in his last nine at Progressive Field. Buehrle is

69-49 with a 3.85 ERA in 149 career starts against AL Central

opponents, and 11-15 with a 4.58 ERA in 38 versus the Indians.

He’ll try to improve those numbers while leading the White Sox

to their first road series victory this season. Jake Westbrook

(2-2, 4.56), meanwhile, will try to help Cleveland win its first

home series since sweeping Chicago on April 16-18.

The right-hander, though, has dropped four straight to the White

Sox, including the season opener against Buehrle. Westbrook gave up

five runs over four innings in that game. He did not get a decision

at home against Chicago on April 17 despite allowing two runs over

seven innings.

Westbrook escaped without a decision in Friday’s 7-4 loss to

Cincinnati after Shin-Soo Choo hit a tying two-run homer in his

final inning. Westbrook, in position to win three straight

decisions for the first time since the end of the 2006 season, gave

up four runs and seven hits over five innings.

“I didn’t do my job to let those runs score,” he told the

Indians’ official website. “I got behind some guys and made a few

mistakes.”

The Indians, 3-10 at home this month, haven’t made many mistakes

against the White Sox this season, winning six of eight. In Tuesday

night’s 7-3 victory, Choo and Jason Donald homered in a three-run

third inning, and Travis Hafner extended his hitting streak to 12

games with a 2-for-4 performance.

Hafner, batting .378 (17 for 45) during that run, has faced

Buehrle more than any other pitcher in his career, going 12 for 58

(.207).