Mark Buehrle spent the last 12 years as the most consistent - and often the best - pitcher in Chicago.

In a new league and a new city, his performances have been similar with the Miami Marlins in 2012.

Buehrle will make his return to the Windy City as he attempts to win his fifth straight start Thursday against the Chicago Cubs.

Buehrle (9-8, 3.13 ERA) joined Miami in the offseason via free agency, leaving behind an impressive legacy in Chicago.

The left-hander helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series, also tossing a perfect game in 2009 and a no-hitter two years earlier. Buehrle's 161 wins for the South Side club were the most by any pitcher in Chicago since 2000, besting Carlos Zambrano's 125 with the Cubs.

The former crosstown rivals are now teammates with the Marlins. Zambrano's turn in the rotation didn't come up in this series, which is also Miami manager Ozzie Guillen's first in the city since leaving the White Sox.

Buehrle, who has a chance to keep pace with CC Sabathia by reaching double digits in wins for the 12th consecutive year, said he'll be prepared for boos.

"I wouldn't see any reason for (the Wrigley Field crowd) to cheer me, being on the opposite side the whole time," Buehrle told the Marlins' official website.