Mark Buehrle wins third Rawlings Gold Glove Award

CHICAGO - Left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle has won his third consecutive American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award®.

Buehrle, 32, becomes the first pitcher in White Sox history to win three Gold Glove Awards and the first Sox player to garner three straight honors since Robin Ventura from 1991-93.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Buehrle ranked second among AL pitchers in assists (40), fourth in pickoffs (6) and total chances (56) and 10th in fielding percentage (.982). He also tied for fourth among AL pitchers by assisting on five double plays and allowed just three stolen bases in 10 attempts.

Since the beginning of the 2001 season, Buehrle leads all major-league pitchers with 80 pickoffs (35 more than Andy Pettitte) and ranks second with 607 total chances and 459 assists. Over his 12-year career with the White Sox, opponents have been successful on just 41.9 percent (49-117) of their stolen-base attempts, the second-lowest rate among active pitchers behind Chris Carpenter (37.4).

Buehrle also won the 2011 Fielding Bible Award for the third consecutive season, given to just one player at each position in either league. The award is voted on by a panel of 10 experts, including Peter Gammons and Bill James, and takes into account a pitcher's ability to field his position as well as hold baserunners.