Mark Buehrle will welcome his former team to town Sunday when the Blue Jays and White Sox close out a four-game set at Rogers Centre.
Chicago selected Buehrle in the 38th round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, and he pitched for the White Sox from 2000-11.
"When the catcher puts the finger down, he just throws it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Buehrle. "That's the way he's always been ... He sets the tone."
On Sunday, Buehrle will face his former team for the second time in his career and oppose Jose Quintana, who has five quality starts in five career outings against the Blue Jays.
Quintana got a much deserved win on Tuesday by allowing a run on six hits and three walks while fanning eight. His 32 no-decisions since 2012 lead the Majors.
The 25-year-old lefty has been a quiet surprise for the White Sox this season, posting a 3.69 ERA and 2.86 K/BB ratio. His 3.09 FIP (fielding independent pitching), which measures how effective a pitcher would be with league-average fielding on balls in play, ranks 12th in the American League.
Buehrle hasn't picked up a win in his last four starts, but hasn't been poor this month, either. In June, the lefty has a 2.91 ERA and .252/.300/.443 slash line against.
He gave up four runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Yankees in his last start. The first-place Blue Jays led that game by six runs at one point before winning, 7-6. Last year, things may have been different.
"I think even when we had that winning streak [in 2013] and we started losing some games, every time we gave up a run or two in the first inning, I think we got that feeling, '[Shoot], we just lost the game,'" Buehrle said after his last start."[This season] ... as soon as we give up a run in the first inning and we're winning [games], it's like, 'Hey, we're going to come back and win this game.'"
White Sox: Eaton returns to lineup
Center fielder Adam Eaton didn't play Friday after exiting Thursday's series opener against the Blue Jays with soreness in his legs. The 25-year-old was back in the lineup Saturday, leading off and playing center. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Ventura said the soreness is likely similar to, but not as severe as the hamstring injury that put Eaton on the 15-day disabled list in May.
"Given a day, I felt like they took a sigh of relief, a deep breath and I'm able to get back out there today," Eaton said. "... Probably continue to deal with it. Not out of the woods for sure, but hope to fix it in the next couple of weeks."
Blue Jays: Bautista hopes to return Tuesday
Manager John Gibbons said Jose Bautista could return for the club's series opener in Milwaukee Tuesday. There's a chance the outfielder could play Sunday, but with a day off Monday, it's more likely he'll just take the extra day and wait until Tuesday.
Bautista has been held of out the Blue Jays' lineup for a week with a strained hamstring. He exited last Sunday's game against the Reds in the third inning.
"Trust me, he won't be out there if he's not ready to go," Gibbons said. "We want to make sure he's going to be good and ready because we need him for the rest of the year."
• Buehrle has one career start against the team he spent 12 years with. He allowed nine hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings against the White Sox on April 15, 2013.
• The Blue Jays called up Darin Mastroianni on Saturday and he homered off Chris Sale in the fourth inning. It was his first hit in his 15th at-bat of the season.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.