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Buehrle, Garland looking forward to Saturday's duel

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  • Gordon Beckham, right, celebrates with Ramon Castro after hitting a 2-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of an interleague baseball game in Chicago, Friday, May 20, 2011.

      Gordon Beckham, right, celebrates with Ramon Castro after hitting a 2-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of an interleague baseball game in Chicago, Friday, May 20, 2011.
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They broke into the major leagues with the White Sox in 2000.

They were rotation mates for eight seasons, and they won World Series rings together in 2005.

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And until Jon Garland exited after the 2007 season, they were tight friends.

"I don't think we're as close as we were because obviously I have a family now, he doesn't," Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle said. "We're on different teams, he's on the West Coast. We'll text back and forth, but sometimes it will be a couple of days before we get back to each other because he's on the West Coast playing and I'm home in bed."

Garland is playing for the Dodgers now, and he'll be on the mound Saturday in a very interesting matchup -- Buehrle starts for the White Sox.

"I'm going to get caught up watching him pitch," Garland said. "I enjoyed doing it so much when I was here. Hopefully it doesn't take me out of what I have to do."

Garland was back at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday for the second time in an opposing uniform.

In 2008, he returned with the Los Angeles Angels but didn't pitch against the Sox.

"It's fun to talk about and fun to think about," Garland said of matching up against Buehrle. "But I'm sure when both of us get on the field, instinct takes over and then it's another game."

Tribute time:

Before Friday night's game, Jon Garland and Dodgers teammate Juan Uribe were honored with a video tribute.

Both played key roles on the White Sox' 2005 World Series championship team.

"I heard that (Thursday) night, I didn't believe them," Garland said. "Somebody sent me a text (about the tribute) and I thought they were kidding me. You're either well liked or you did something special or were a part of something special. I like to think I was all of that."

Uribe left Friday's game in the seventh inning with a strained left hip flexor.

Feeling another draft:

His season with Miami-Dade Junior College over, Ozney Guillen was back at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.

The youngest son of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, Ozney batted .420 this season while primarily playing third base. He can also play first and the outfield.

Last June, a controversy ensued after the Sox waited until the 22nd round to draft Ozney. He didn't sign and wound up spending the season at Miami-Dade.

This year, Ozney has heard talk he'll be drafted in the first 10 rounds.

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