Mark Buehrle gave the White Sox the veteran performance they needed on short rest. Now it's up to a youngster to keep their season going against a familiar foe.
Buehrle pitched seven strong innings and, backed by four double plays, beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Sunday to keep Chicago in the race for the AL Central.
The White Sox still trail the Twins by a half-game after Minnesota beat Kansas City 6-0, meaning they must play a makeup game at home today (2 p.m., ESPN2) against Detroit. If the White Sox win, Chicago would host a tiebreaker game against the Twins on Tuesday for the division title.
"You play 161 games and today is supposed to be the last day of the year," Buehrle said. "Everybody is going home, a lot of people are going to the playoffs and here we've got to play another game that matters for us and not for the other team."
Gavin Floyd will take the mound for the White Sox against the Tigers' Freddy Garcia, who won three games for Chicago during the 2005 postseason, including the clinching Game 4 of the World Series against the Astros.
Garcia is a close friend of White Sox manager and fellow Venezuelan Ozzie Guillen.
"Freddy is not going to go there and just pitch, he's going to try and beat us. I know him real well and he's going to try and show he can still pitch," Guillen said.
"I'm sure the last thing those guys want to do is get on a plane, but they are professionals and if I was them and had to get on a plane and come here, I'm going to make it hurt," added Paul Konerko.
"We better be ready to play."
Jermaine Dye had a clutch two-run single for the White Sox in the seventh. Chicago scored three runs in the third when Indians third baseman Jamey Carroll made a key error that allowed the go-ahead run to score.