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The Toronto Blue Jays hosted the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a four game set at the Rogers Centre this evening. Blue Jays veteran starter Mark Buehrle was on the bump facing him former team for the first time since leaving for free agency at the conclusion of the 2011 season. Both teams are searching for consistency with identical 5-7 records to start the 2013 campaign.
Buehrle was a model of consistency during his 12 year tenure with the White Sox, a stay that included a World Series Championship, a Perfect Game and a No-Hitter to mention a few of his accomplishments. Buerhle is the only pitcher to have won multiple Gold Glove awards and to have pitched multiple No-Hitters, a feat that has not been repeated in the history of the game.
The veteran soft-tossing lefty climbed the mound looking to jump start the Blue Jays who have spun their tires so far this season. His former team wasted no time getting to Buehrle early, scoring two runs in the first inning but the hurler settled down holding the White Six scoreless for the next five innings.
Buehrle saved his best start of the season for his former comrades ending the night with a tidy stat line of 6.1IP, 2 ER, 3 SO and 2 BB. The burly lefty got the hook with a 4-2 lead after a one out walk in the sixth inning.
The Jays offence was fuelled by long balls from catcher J.P. Arencibia, Maicer Izturis and a triple from newcomer Munenori Kawasaki propelling them to a 4-3 victory over the struggling White Sox in the first of four contests.