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Buehrle on the Twins: 'I own them'

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mark_buehrle_white_sox_baby.jpgAll Mark Buehrle did on Tuesday was improve his record to 6-1 on the season and end a five-game losing streak for the White Sox.
Along the way, he also watched his continued ownership of the Minnesota Twins, improving to a career 23-13 with a 3.72 ERA in 39 appearances against the division rivals.
So when asked about his success against the Twins, his response.
"I own them,'' he said, then laughing. "I mean I don't know, obviously we face them a lot of times. It seems like it's gone back and forth. It's about making your pitches, and I'm on a little stretch right now where I have the confidence. [Tuesday] was one of those games where I probably missed more spots than I have in a lot of start and I got lucky with them. I threw a lot of pitches down the middle and they either took them or fouled them off. That's why in baseball you need to get lucky.''
Two questions had to be asked of the southpaw after his latest win, however.
First, chasing 20 wins for the first time in his career.
"I think I've said it before, every starting pitcher wants to get 20 [wins], but if I get 20 wins and don't get to 200 innings, I don't think it will be as satisfying,'' Buehrle responded. "For me, I want to go out there and throw 200 innings and let you feel you're going deep into games. It seems like pitching every six or seven days, it's going to be tough to get to 200 innings, but I'll do the best I can.''
Then there's also that little All-Star Game that will be played in his hometown of St. Louis. Also, the place where his favorite team growing up happens to play.
"Obviously it would be nice, home town, but I've still got about 10 starts to go,'' he said. "There is a lot of stuff that can go wrong between now and then. But here I am right now, it would be an honor to go and represent this team.''

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