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Peavy goes for White Sox in finale with Tigers

Jun 5, 2011 - 2:33 PM (Sports Network) - It is still too soon to be certain, but Jake Peavy could finally be back to his old ways, and that could be a huge boost for the Chicago White Sox.

The former Cy Young winner will make his fifth start for the White Sox since coming off the disabled list with a torn right latissimus and will take on the division rival Detroit Tigers in the series finale at U.S. Cellular Field.

Peavy was thrown right into the fire following his injury having to face Anaheim, Texas and Boston on the road, while also squaring off against the Cleveland Indians. His most recent start came at Fenway Park, and in that contest, the hard-throwing right-hander held the Red Sox to just three runs in seven innings. He is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA on the year.

The veteran hurler has made three career starts against the Tigers, and has enjoyed success in all three outings. While his ledger is just 2-1, Peavy has compiled an outstanding 1.29 earned run average against Detroit.

Peavy's counterpart is a pitcher who has also dealt with an array of injuries in his career in Brad Penny. On the heels of winning three straight games, the veteran right-hander has gone winless in his last two starts, allowing 10 runs on 16 hits to Pittsburgh and Minnesota.

Through the first part of this season it is evident Penny is a different pitcher on the road. In five starts in foreign territory, he is just 1-3 and possesses a horrible 7.71 earned run average.

Earlier this season Penny made his first career start against Chicago, and it was an impressive showing as the crafty twirler tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out three batters.

The Tigers have claimed a victory in five of their last six games, and that includes yesterday's thriller, as Miguel Cabrera blasted a two-run homer in the ninth inning to back Justin Verlander's eight innings of two-run ball in Detroit's 4-2 win.

Verlander (6-3) scattered seven hits and struck out seven in another solid outing for Detroit, which got back on the winning track after losing the series opener. Brennan Boesch also had a two-run homer for the victors.

Gordon Beckham had a two-run shot in fifth to tie the game for Chicago, which had its season long four-game win streak halted.

Jesse Crain (2-2) gave up Cabrera's two-run shot during his 1 1/3 innings on the bump to get the loss, while starter Edwin Jackson allowed two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over six frames.

Chicago could have taken the lead in the eighth with runners on the corners with one out. But Verlander blew a 100 m.p.h. fastball past Carlos Quentin for a second out. He then made a stabbing grab and throw during A.J. Pierzynski's comebacker while falling down at the front of the mound to end the frame.

  • DETROIT: 7
    CHICAGO: 3

    Jun 5 5:35 PM

  • Andy Dirks singled to center. Runner on first with one out and Alex Avila due up.

    Tigers 7, White Sox 3  Top 6, 1 OutJun 5 4:11 PM
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    Tigers 6, White Sox 3  Bot 5, 1 OutJun 5 3:57 PM

  • Gordon Beckham two-out, solo Home Run (6) to left. Brent Morel due up.

    Tigers 6, White Sox 3  Bot 4, 2 OutsJun 5 3:41 PM

  • Ryan Raburn two-out, Grand Slam (5) to left scored Miguel Cabrera, Andy Dirks and Alex Avila. Ramon Santiago due up.

    Tigers 6, White Sox 2  Top 4, 2 OutsJun 5 3:30 PM
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    Tigers 6, White Sox 2  Top 4, 2 OutsJun 5 3:30 PM

  • Andy Dirks double to right scored Brennan Boesch with two out. On the play, Miguel Cabrera advances to third. Runners on second and third and Alex Avila due up.

    Tigers 2, White Sox 2  Top 4, 2 OutsJun 5 3:28 PM
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    Tigers 2, White Sox 2  Top 4, 2 OutsJun 5 3:28 PM

  • Victor Martinez sacrifice fly out to right scored Don Kelly with two out. Runners on first and second and Andy Dirks due up.

    Tigers 1, White Sox 2  Top 4, 2 OutsJun 5 3:26 PM

  • With Brent Lillibridge batting, Carlos Quentin scored on a wild pitch with two out. Paul Konerko advances to third. Runner on third.

    Tigers 0, White Sox 2  Bot 1, 2 OutsJun 5 2:30 PM

  • Paul Konerko double to left scored Juan Pierre with one out. On the play, Carlos Quentin advances to third. Runners on second and third and A.J. Pierzynski due up.

    Tigers 0, White Sox 1  Bot 1, 1 OutJun 5 2:26 PM

  • DETROIT: 0
    CHICAGO: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Jun 5 2:10 PM
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