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Once he returned to the mound for his first major league start in more than three months, it had a familiar feeling. One he'd really missed.
"Once you get out there, it's like riding a bike. It comes back to you," said Peavy on Saturday night after pitching five innings and getting the win in Chicago's 13-3 rout of the Kansas City Royals.
"You certainly are comfortable in that surrounding," Peavy added. "I did some things well and some things not so well. I got a long way to go to be where I want to be."
Peavy (1-0) hadn't pitched in a major league game since June 8 when he beat the Diamondbacks while with the Padres. Five days later, he went on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his right ankle.
Traded to the White Sox on July 31, he'd planned to be pitching sooner but was hit in the pitching elbow with a line drive during a rehab game Aug. 24, setting him back.
Even with the White Sox's chances for making the postseason slim at best, Peavy made the start Saturday night and the 2007 Cy Young Award winner gave a glimpse of what might be next season during his 73-pitch outing.
Peavy said he's sure he'll feel some soreness Sunday, but that's to be expected. He gave up three hits, three runs and two walks with five strikeouts Saturday night. And now he might get two more starts.
"I'm not sure how it will come along this year because I'm far behind. It just felt good to get out there and compete," he said. "I owe it to the fans, to [GM] Kenny [Williams] and these guys who got me over here. I'm not 100 percent at what I normally would love to be."
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Peavy might have pitched another inning if the bottom of the fifth -- when Chicago's Carlos Quentin hit a grand slam -- hadn't taken so long to complete.
But he liked what he saw from Peavy, especially when the right-hander would yell at himself for not throwing strikes.
"I see why he won the Cy Young," Guillen said. "He fights. I like the attitude he has. He will help us and it will help this ball club."
Peavy struck out three of the first four batters he faced before running into trouble in the second when Alberto Callaspo hit a sinking liner for a single, Miguel Olivo drew a walk and Alex Gordon followed with an RBI single. With runners at the corners, Olivo broke from third and scored as Yuniesky Betancourt dropped down a squeeze bunt to give the Royals a 2-1 lead.
Billy Butler hit a two-out opposite field homer off Peavy in the third for a 3-1 Royals' lead, but Chicago rallied.
Hughes, who'd made four previous relief appearances, got the nod to start because Kyle Davies has a sore oblique muscle. The lefty went 4 1/3 innings, gave up five hits and was charged with four runs, three earned.
"I just kind of felt weird when I threw my last pitch. It's more for precautionary reasons more than anything else," Hughes said. "It just didn't feel comfortable throwing another pitch. I had Tommy John [surgery] before and I didn't want to tear anything."
The White Sox tied it in the fourth on a single, walk and RBI single by Alex Rios, who was in a 7-for-74 slump.
With one out and a 2-1 count on Konerko in the fifth, catcher John Buck, a trainer and manager Trey Hillman went to the mound, and Hughes left a short time later.
Quentin then lined his 17th homer of the season to left, giving Chicago a 7-3 lead and putting Peavy in position for his first AL victory. Chicago added six runs in the eighth with Ramirez hitting a two-run, bases-loaded double and Dye a two-run single.
|'I got a long way to go to be where I want to be,' Jake Peavy says after his first win with Chicago. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.281|
|Willie Bloomquist, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.269|
|Mitch Maier, RF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Billy Butler, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.300|
|Mike Jacobs, DH||4||0||0||0||0||4||0||.231|
|Alberto Callaspo, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Miguel Olivo, C||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.251|
|John Buck, C||2||0||1||0||1||1||1||.233|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||0||2||.218|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||.239|
|Josh Anderson, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.238|
|HR - Billy Butler (18, Peavy)|
|SH - Yuniesky Betancourt (11)|
|RBI - Billy Butler (83), Alex Gordon (14), Yuniesky Betancourt (41)|
|2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (32)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Betancourt-Callaspo-Butler, Gordon-Callaspo-Butler, Callaspo-Betancourt-Butler|
|E - Alex Gordon (8, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Dusty Hughes (L,0-1)||4.1||5||4||3||4||5||1||4.38|
|WP - Victor Marte (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dusty Hughes 87-53, Yasuhiko Yabuta 24-12, Victor Marte 41-21, Carlos Rosa 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dusty Hughes 4-4, Yasuhiko Yabuta 1-0, Victor Marte 2-2, Carlos Rosa 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dusty Hughes 22, Yasuhiko Yabuta 5, Victor Marte 13, Carlos Rosa 4|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jayson Nix, 2B||4||2||1||1||1||1||4||.236|
|Gordon Beckham, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.269|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||1||1||1||1||2||0||.308|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||3||2||2||2||0||2||.285|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||2||2||2||1||0||1||.280|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||3||2||2||2||2||0||1||.251|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||4||1||2||4||1||1||2||.235|
|Alex Rios, CF||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.243|
|Tyler Flowers, DH||3||1||1||0||1||2||2||.143|
|2B - Alexei Ramirez (13, Rosa)|
|HR - Paul Konerko (27, Hughes), Carlos Quentin (17, Yabuta)|
|RBI - Jayson Nix (31), A.J. Pierzynski (47), Paul Konerko 2 (85), Alexei Ramirez 2 (67), Jermaine Dye 2 (74), Carlos Quentin 4 (45), Alex Rios (66)|
|2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (26)|
|CS - Jayson Nix (2, 2nd base by Marte/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Nix-A. Ramirez-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jake Peavy (W,7-6)||5||3||3||3||2||5||1||4.05|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 73-47, Randy Williams 15-11, D.J. Carrasco 20-14, Scott Linebrink 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 5-4, D.J. Carrasco 3-3, Scott Linebrink 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 19, Randy Williams 3, D.J. Carrasco 7, Scott Linebrink 4|
|Attendance - 28329|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Jim Wolf|