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Saturday, May 8, 2010
Efficient night for Peavy

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO – Jake Peavy’s night was perfect until the Toronto Blue Jays John Buck hit a home run to break up Peavy’s game after the Chicago White Sox pitcher had retired 16 straight.

Until that point, Peavy had pitched 12 scoreless innings over two starts.

“I’m certainly going to try to make the hitters do certain things, and when I’m good you want to make sure you throw your stuff at different speeds,” Peavy said. “Tonight I varied the speed, I varied the break on the pitches, I kept guys off-balance. It was an efficient night.”

After the White Sox’s 12-inning game on Friday, Peavy was most excited about keeping the bullpen out of the game.

“Anytime you pitch into the eighth inning you’re able to make sure that those guys are going to be well-rested for tomorrow,” he said.

Since allowing five runs in the first inning against Texas on April 28, Peavy has posted a 1.33 ERA over his last 20 innings.

Peavy was asked if he ever started to think about a perfect game or no-hitter.

“No, you have to go a little deeper into the game than I have the last few times even to have thoughts like that,” Peavy said. “The game was 3-0 then 3-1 -- that’s still a ballgame. You have to be concentrating on holding onto that lead.”

Paul Konerko returned to the lineup after sitting out two games with a stiff neck and promptly homered in the first inning to give the Sox a 2-0 lead.

The White Sox first baseman said he’s about 90-95 percent healthy.

“I still feel it when I turn my head a little bit to the right,” Konerko said. “As long as it doesn’t stop me from taking the swings I want to take it falls in to the category of ‘just grind and play with it’.”

-- RHP Sergio Santos’ scoreless streak ended at 12 innings when he surrendered a run in the ninth Saturday night. The streak is the longest by any Sox pitcher starting a career.

-- Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI double in the seventh.

--Manager Ozzie Guillen’s wife is now on the list of people second-guessing her husband.

“She said to me after the game Friday night, ‘Why did you bring Bobby [Jenks] in?’” Guillen said. “I told her I wanted the best pitcher in there. That’s not the first time I’ve done that. Every time we have a game the same way, we put Bobby in the game.”