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Mark Buehrle wonders what happened to Wrigley Field

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Mark Buehrle wonders what happened to Wrigley Field

Mark Buehrle sensed something was off on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, and it wasnt because he was wearing a different uniform or staying at the team hotel in Chicago.

The Miami Marlins might move the needle on reality television, and they were stars at the winter meetings during that wild shopping spree, but the place just didnt have the same juice. This wasnt Cubs-Sox.

I felt like I was in a backyard beer league softball game with how quiet it was here, Buehrle said Wednesday, in the middle of the cramped visiting clubhouse. It had an odd feeling to it, because Ive never seen this park like that.

Ozzie Guillen getting booed during a pitching change certainly felt normal, and Buehrle might have to put his glove over his face to hide the smirk on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs. His manager wont mind the attention.

I own this town, bro, Guillen said. I dont care what they say. They love me here, believe it or not. It was fun when they booed me (because) I know theyre still alive. It was kind of quiet for a little while.

Thats Chicago, man, what do you expect? They know Im a White Sox. Theres no in between. Youre in or youre not, and I love it.

Guillen called Buehrle Mr. White Sox, right up there with or ahead of Harold Baines, Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko.

Buehrles left arm gave the White Sox almost 2,500 innings, and helped them lift that 2005 World Series trophy. Hes said before that the loyalty there is so strong that theres no way he could ever pitch for the Cubs.

At the age of 33, Buehrle is 30 wins away from 200 for his career, which is amazing for a 38th-round pick drafted and developed by the White Sox. Hes 9-8 with a 3.13 ERA in the first season of a four-year, 58 million contract.

By the end of a media session that lasted more than 20 minutes on Tuesday, Guillen wondered why the entire focus was on him and Carlos Zambrano.

Wait a minute, Guillen said. (Bleeping) media. Thats why people talk bad about Chicagohow about (bleeping) Mark Buehrle? Hes a nice guy nobody says nothing about him, huh? All right, Mark Buehrle left Chicago in mourning, but you dont say anything about him. That (bleep) dont sell.

Buehrle, a guy from small-town Missouri, joked that The Franchise could make an entire episode of him avoiding the cameras for the Showtime reality show.

I dont pay attention to it, Buehrle said. The guys are professional and go about their business and kind of stay out of everybodys way. But it doesnt effect me, because wherever the cameras are, I go the opposite way.

I dont pay attention to all that stuff. I kind of go out of my way to get out of their way, just so Im not on there.

Ive had people ask me: Hey, dude, I watched the episodes. I havent seen you (except) for like two seconds. Im like: Well, get used to it.

All Buehrle wants to do is pitch, and Thursdays assignment happens to be the Cubs. It doesnt matter if he gets booed or Wrigley Field is silent again. He will work fast.

There has been a lot of airtime and column inches spent on the autopsy of the 2011 White Sox. Why are they in first place now?

Its Ozzies fault, Buehrle said, in a perfect deadpan delivery. Ask him.

Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they take on the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Sunday, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after morning skate. This will be his fourth start in six games.

Crawford is coming off a game in which he stopped 27 of 28 shots for a save percentage of .964, which earned him the No. 1 star of the game in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. He stopped 10 of 11 shots and six of seven inner slot shots, saving his team an extra 2.43 goals above average, according to The Point. It was a fantastic performance.

Crawford is 3-5-2 with a 3.61 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in 10 career starts against the Capitals.

The Blackhawks are on the second game of a seven-games-in-12-days stretch, so expect Crawford and Lehner to both get consistent reps over the next two weeks.

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Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

It's official: Kirby Dach is slated to make his NHL debut on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals.

Coach Jeremy Colliton said who Dach draws in for and where he will slot into the lineup will be determined during warmups, but it's possible that he starts on the wing.

Dach was taken No. 3 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. He missed the start of training camp with a concussion and appeared in three games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint before getting recalled on Friday.

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