Buehrle will try for his fourth straight win against Seattle and keep Suzuki in his current slide when the White Sox continue a three-game series.
Buehrle is 5-3 in his career against Seattle, including 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last three starts. He fired a three-hitter and struck out a season-high 12 in a 2-1 win over the Mariners on April 16.
All three hits were by Suzuki, who is hitting .500 (12-for-24) in his career against Buehrle.
“I can’t seem to get that guy out,” Buehrle said. “He’s the best hitter I’ve ever faced.”
Buehrle may be facing Suzuki at the right time. The Mariners right fielder went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 4-2 win in Friday’s series opener and is mired in a career-worst 0-for-22 skid.
Buehrle had his streak of 49 straight starts of pitching at least six innings snapped his last time out when he was ejected with two outs in the sixth inning Monday after hitting Baltimore’s B.J. Surhoff with a pitch. He yielded an unearned run and five hits in a 6-3 victory.
“It was fun while it lasted,” Buehrle said. “I would have liked to keep it going, but we won the game. It has to end sometime, it was unfortunate the way it ended, but I’ll try to go out and start another one.”
Chicago lost for the 10th time in 14 home games with Friday’s loss. The White Sox have scored only 13 runs in dropping three of four to start a six-game homestand.
Seattle only had one player penalized by MLB for a series of incidents in a 10-5 loss to Cleveland on July 29. Mariners right-hander Shigetoshi Hasegawa was fined an undisclosed amount and four Indians drew suspensions after Hasegawa hit a batter and Cleveland retaliated in that contest.