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Buehrle: Life In The NL Better Than I Thought

Mark Buehrle. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Mark Buehrle. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

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(WSCR) For Mark Buehrle, switching to the National League after 12 seasons in the American League wasn’t as bad as the left-hander thought.

“It’s been three or four months now, and, to be honest with you, it wasn’t as bad of a change as I thought it was going to be,”¬†Buehrle told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. “I thought I’d be missing (the White Sox) a lot more, but once I got down to spring training and got to know my new teammates, it kind of felt normal.”

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Buehrle, who owns a 25-8 record with a 3.35 ERA in 42 career Interleague starts, has transitioned well to the National League. Through 18 starts this season, the left-hander is 9-8 with a 3.13 ERA.

“You still gotta go out and make outs,” he said. “Obviously, not facing the DH every couple of innings and facing the pitcher is a big time help for a pitcher, but you still have to go out there, and a lot of times you’re going to walk guys in front of the pitcher to take a chance on an easier out. You still have to make pitches on them. If you make mistakes, there are some pitchers that are good hitters.”