Peavy threw a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians, fanning eight and walking none in the 111-pitch effort.
"You got to beat that team, that's the bottom line," Peavy said about his Wednesday showing against the AL Central leaders. "You can't let them come in here and bully us around. We've got a long way ahead of us to catch them. But at the same time, every game counts. We got our work cut out (Thursday) with Fausto Carmona, but the boys will come out battling, and we can feed off this win. We felt we kind of stole one, so that's a good night."
It was Peavy's first start at home this year, and considering the hole the Sox have put themselves in with a dismal April, his return to the rotation couldn't have come sooner.
Peavy's injuries have been well documented. He detached his right lat from the bone last July and had to have season-ending surgery. He showed up to spring camp on schedule with the rest of the pitchers but fell behind in mid-camp when he developed soreness in his right rotator cuff.
Peavy began the season on the 15-day disabled list, and then during his minor league rehab stint, he began experiencing soreness in the lat. It was found to be inflammation only, and he took a break before finishing up his rehab program.
He rejoined the White Sox last week, and he is one of the starters the team is going with in its experimental six-man rotation.
Even with the heavy workload Wednesday, Peavy wasn't going to leave the game until his work was done.
"Yeah, I just said, 'This is my game.' (Manager Ozzie Guillen) said, 'I'm not taking you out,'" Peavy said. "I got traded to be the guy you saw tonight, and I will do everything I can do to be that guy. Personally, I feel so blessed to have the opportunity, once again, to go out there.
"For your stuff to come back, especially on a night like tonight when you have the first-place team coming in and win 1-0 against a guy (Justin Masterson) who really has had our number, obviously, it's personally gratifying. At the same time, you got to put personal matters aside. A great win by the boys."
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