- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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The veteran right-hander is slated to start against Kansas City on April 3 in Chicago. Peavy will have one shortened outing (60 pitches) on Thursday in Arizona before heading east to join his teammates. He averaged 93 mph on his fastball and 87 mph on his slider against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
"The feedback I was getting said I was throwing the ball harder than any time last year," Peavy said. "I am excited about that. What it translates to I’m not sure right now."
Peavy was making only his second Cactus League start. The White Sox prefer to have their starters pitch in minor-league games rather than against American League opponents in spring training.
On Saturday, Peavy gave up four runs andn seven hits, walking one and and striking out seven. Dodgers star center fielder Matt Kemp drove in a pair of runs with an opposite-field double into the right-field power alley.
"I just threw 106 pitches and I am healthy," Peavy said. "I did get tired that last inning. That was pretty obvious. When I dove for a ball, it knocked the wind out of me a bit. I am super excited about the way the ball is coming out of my hand."
-- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was a visitor at Sox camp on Saturday. Quinn, a lifelong Sox fan, complimented General Manager Rick Hahn on his early signings of Peavy and new third baseman Jeff Keppinger.
-- Outfielder Alex Rios was a late scratch from the lineup because of lower back soreness. He is listed as day to day. Rios had returned to Sox camp on Thursday after playing for Puerto Rico in the WBC.
-- Manager Robin Ventura said that starting pitchers Dylan Axelrod and John Danks will work in a minor-league game Sunday. Axelrod will replace Danks in the rotation while the left-hander works on regaining arm strength. Danks will begin the season on the DL after giving up 21 runs in 10 Cactus League innings. Danks had shoulder surgery last August.
-- The 13,721 fans at Camelback Ranch on Saturday night set a record for a Cactus League game.
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