Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3
Mark Buehrle found it ”a little crazy” facing the White Sox
for the first time. Still, he kept his cool and shut down his
Buehrle pitched in and out of trouble into the seventh inning,
J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis hit solo homers and the Toronto
Blue Jays topped the White Sox 4-3 on Monday night.
”It was different seeing the Sox uniform in the batter’s box,”
Buehrle said. ”Usually it’s behind me. It’s weird rooting against
those guys. I’ve rooted for them for 13 years and wanted them to
win every game. This is the first game in I don’t know how long
that I’m actually rooting against them.”
Buehrle (1-0) went 6 1-3 innings in his first career start
against the White Sox, allowing two runs and nine hits. The
left-hander walked two and struck out three. Both runs he allowed
came in the first.
”Once he got through that first inning it kind of became a
clinic on hitting spots, changing speeds,” White Sox manager Robin
Ventura said. ”You’ve seen this his whole career. He’s just a
A four-time All-Star during his 12 seasons with the White Sox
from 2000-11, Buehrle starred for Chicago’s 2005 World Series
championship team, pitched a no-hitter in 2007 and perfect game in
”He had a tremendous career there,” Blue Jays manager John
Gibbons said. ”He helped, in a lot of ways, make the White Sox
what they are. All those years when they were playing really well,
he was one of the key guys.
Buehrle said facing so many old friends forced him to be more
focused than usual.
”I tried not to take a look at too many guys stepping into the
batter’s box because I knew I’d start laughing or something bad
would happen,” he said. ”I just tried to focus on the glove,
which is not me. Usually I’m out looking around and having
Buehrle acknowledged changing up some pitch patterns to keep the
White Sox guessing.
”It seemed like everything was working,” he said. ”J.P.
called a great game and we had a good game plan going in.
Obviously, knowing that they know me, we kind of changed a few
Arencibia went deep in the first and Izturis connected to begin
the second as the Blue Jays opened a seven-game homestand with
their third victory in four games.
Esmil Rogers pitched one hitless inning of relief before the
White Sox rallied in the eighth against Aaron Loup. Adam Dunn was
hit by a pitch, went to third on Dayan Viciedo’s double and scored
on a sacrifice fly by Alexei Ramirez. Loup struck out Tyler Flowers
to preserve the one-run lead.
Casey Janssen finished for his fourth save in as many
Right-hander Gavin Floyd (0-3) remained winless as the slumping
White Sox lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Chicago jumped on Buehrle with two in the first as Paul Konerko
and Viciedo hit RBI singles.
Toronto quickly tied it in the bottom half when Emilio Bonifacio
led off with a double, advanced on a passed ball and scored on
Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice fly. Arencibia followed with a homer that
bounced off the top of the wall in right center, his fourth.
Izturis made it 3-2 with a leadoff drive to right in the bottom
of the second, his second, and the Blue Jays tacked on one more in
the fourth when Munenori Kawasaki hit his first career triple and
scored on Bonifacio’s sacrifice fly.
The White Sox put runners at the corners with two out in the
fifth but Buehrle escaped by fanning Konerko.
”Big situation right there and I just knew I had to make a
pitch,” Buehrle said. ”I know how great a hitter (Konerko)
Konerko said the experience of facing his teammate of 12 years
wasn’t particularly enjoyable for either one of them.
”I didn’t have much fun with it, and I don’t think he did,
either,” Konerko said. ”But it was a good game, and he pitched
Toronto chased Floyd in the bottom of the fifth, loading the
bases with one out on a single and a pair of walks. Hector Santiago
came on and got Izturis to ground into an inning-ending double
Floyd allowed four runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. He
walked three and struck out six.
”The first couple of innings everything was up in the zone and
they didn’t miss,” Ventura said.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting
lineup with a sore back.
NOTES: A moment of silence was held before the game to honor
those affected by the bombings in Boston. … Players on both teams
wore uniform number 42 in tribute to Jackie Robinson. … Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes visited a specialist Monday who confirmed that he
won’t need surgery on his sprained left ankle. Reyes is expected to
miss three months. … The Blue Jays placed RHP Sergio Santos
(triceps strain) on the 15-day DL and will activate INF Brett
Lawrie (left ribcage strain) off the 15-day DL on Tuesday. Toronto
also selected RHP Ramon Ortiz from Triple-A Buffalo and designated
OF Casper Wells for assignment. … Promoted from Triple-A
Charlotte Sunday, White Sox infielder Tyler Greene made his season
debut at second base.