Buehrle has struggled mightily over his last three outings, giving up a combined 20 earned runs, but he is just 7 2/3 innings from reaching the 200-inning mark for the 11th consecutive season.
In addition to those 7 2/3 innings, Buehrle also needs one more start for 30 on the season which will allow him to reach double-digits in victories with 30 starts and 200 innings for the 11th consecutive season. He is the only pitcher in baseball on a streak that long.
“He deserved and earned it,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He can ask me anything he wants. He will get it.”
Axelrod was impressive in a start at home earlier this week, giving up a run over six innings. He will start the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Cleveland and is expected to get another start during the final homestand.
“He had a pretty good game and what do we have to lose?” Guillen said. said. “Give the kid the opportunity to perform.”