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#TBT: White Sox Mark Buehrle pitches a perfect game against Joe Maddon's Rays

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#TBT: White Sox Mark Buehrle pitches a perfect game against Joe Maddon's Rays

Weird stuff has to happen for a pitcher to get a perfect game. I mean, weird.

So you can bet some strange happenings went down six years ago at U.S. Cellular Field when Mark Buehrle tossed a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Dewayne Wise, who was brought in in the 9th inning as a defensive replacement, made this catch in the final frame to rob Gabe Kapler of a home run.  

Kapler never stood a chance.

Ramon Castro played in only 91 games for the White Sox over three years and one of them happened to be behind the plate of a perfect game. 

Josh Fields played five years in the majors and hit just 34 home runs but none might have been bigger than his grand slam in the 2nd inning against Rays' starter Scott Kazmir to give the South Siders the lead for good. 

There's also a new Chicago connection to what went down on July 23, 2009: Cubs manager Joe Maddon was the skipper of the Rays the day Buehrle tossed his perfect game.

In fact, Maddon has become a perfect-game magnet as of late. Three of the last four perfect games in the American League came against the Rays when Maddon was at the helm.

It's time to embrace the weird even more:

Enjoy the final out again, White Sox fans.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: