Mark Buehrle pitches like he acts. No nonsense. No wasted energy. And no time to waste. Just grip it and fire, batters' body clocks be damned.

"I think guys like it," the veteran All-Star left-hander said of the feverish pace that has become his trademark since he broke into the big leagues in 2000.

The method to Buehrle's quick-strike madness is simple, like his tight, coiled delivery: Be constantly around the plate, pitch to contact, get outs by keeping the defense behind you alert and involved, and get those same players back to the dugout as soon as possible.