Buehrle, Jon Garland (13-4), Jose Contreras (11-5), Freddy Garcia (11-7) and Javier Vazquez (11-7) become the first White Sox staff to feature a quintet of 10-game winners since 1990. That particular group included Barry Jones, who recorded all 11 victories in relief.
The last time the White Sox had five starters win 10 or more games came in 1983, with LaMarr Hoyt (24-10), Richard Dotson (22-7), Floyd Bannister (16-10), Jerry Koosman (11-7) and Britt Burns (10-11) taking the honors for the American League West champions.
Garland appears to be the only starter with a realistic shot at winning 20 games, but the value of this staff goes well beyond wins and losses. Not only does this group's durability consistently keep the White Sox in contention, as evidenced by each starter having a team record of at least three games over .500 when he starts, but it also keeps the six-man bullpen rested and allows the White Sox the luxury of keeping Ross Gload as an extra bench player.
"Every time we struggle, we sit there and try to say, 'Well, maybe we should bring another pitcher,'" White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "In the meanwhile, I'm not going to send one of my players down just because we need a pitcher. That's not fair when it's not his fault. That's why we beg the guys to go out and perform the right way."
"Knowing that we're going at least six, seven [innings], hopefully every time, I think it's worked out for us for a while," Buehrle added.
Staying the course: Don't look for many changes in Guillen's lineup over the next six days, aside from an adjustment or two with the Twins' sensational southpaw Johan Santana on the mound Sunday. Guillen understands the importance of the head-to-head matchups with Minnesota and Detroit, and wants his best people in place.
"We are trying to stay with the same lineup, if that's possible, for this week," Guillen said. "I expect everyone to be ready to go, and I expect everyone to know they have to be ready. The way we have been playing all year long, people should be in good condition."
Guillen believes playing inside at the climate-controlled Metrodome should help his players during the middle of this stretch of 24 games in 24 days. He also worries about the turf's effect on such things as his players' backs. Fatigue should not be an issue.
"I don't think so," Guillen said. "We tried to give the guys some rest, some days off."
Of little concern: Guillen didn't have much to say about the suspension handed down to Texas starter Vicente Padilla, among others, even with the right-hander having his own issues with A.J. Pierzynski and the White Sox. Guillen focused more on the effect the mass suspensions will have on the Rangers and the Angels after their melee.
"It will be hard for them," Guillen said. "Oakland will be real happy about that fight. A couple of guys will be suspended for a little while, and those guys will be needed.
"That's one thing, when managers have to pay the price. It's going to hurt the two ballclubs competing for the Wild Card and the division."
Down on the farm: Casey Rogowski had two hits and picked up his 70th RBI during Triple-A Charlotte's 4-3 victory over Indianapolis in 10 innings Thursday. Boone Logan earned the victory, despite blowing his third save. ... Lance Broadway fell to 8-8 overall during Jacksonville's 3-0 whitewash of Double-A Birmingham. Broadway allowed two runs on four hits over six innings, striking out six. ... Catcher Francisco Hernandez had two hits, including his fifth home run, in Class A Kannapolis' 7-6 loss to Columbus. ... Chris Carter launched his 13th home run and drove in four, but it wasn't enough to prevent Great Falls' 8-7 loss to Ogden. Ryan Wing suffered the loss, striking out the side in one inning of work.
Up next: With approximately eight starts remaining following Saturday's trip to the mound, Garland (13-4, 4.98) continues his longshot quest for 20 victories Saturday night against Brad Radke (12-8, 4.43) and the Twins. Garland, who is 9-1 with a 3.68 ERA in his last 11 starts, is 3-4 with a 3.93 ERA lifetime at the Metrodome.