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Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 3

CHICAGO – After the Chicago White Sox’s 6-3 defeat Saturday, their series with the Toronto Blue Jays was evened at a game each.

How it happened: After Mark Buehrle and John Danks pitched to a duel over six innings, the Blue Jays scored three times against reliever Matt Lindstrom to take over the game. Buehrle, in his first start at U.S. Cellular Field since he left the White Sox after the 2011 season, gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Danks gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings. Avisail Garcia had two hits and an RBI in his return to action after labrum surgery on his left shoulder in April.

What it means: The most important aspect of Garcia’s return is that he gets 40 games of big league experience down the stretch that he would have lost had he missed the entire season. The White Sox insist they are not rushing Garcia’s return and doctors have cleared every step of his rehab. It also gives the club a month and a half to see how Garcia and Jose Abreu can feed off each other in the same lineup.

Outside the box: With Garcia back, the White Sox are looking at a platoon in left field, with Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza. Viciedo got the start Saturday against the lefty Buehrle, and it could be De Aza’s turn Sunday since the Blue Jays have a right-hander on the mound. It will be interesting to see if White Sox manager Robin Ventura sticks to a strict lefty-righty platoon or if he gives Viciedo some chances against right-handed pitching.

Offbeat: There were plenty of standing ovations for Buehrle, including when he went to the bullpen to warm up, returned to the dugout after warming up, took the field in the first inning and left the game in the sixth inning. Credit the Blue Jays players for letting Buehrle take the field by himself in the first inning. Buehrle raised his arms and waved to the crowd when he left the field in the sixth.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Scott Carroll (4-7, 4.81 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The Blue Jays will counter with right-hander Drew Hutchinson (8-10, 4.60) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.