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Friday, June 25, 2010
Peavy returning to form after injury

By Jeff Dickerson

Jake Peavy
Sox starter Jake Peavy allowed three hits in seven innings Friday to get the win over the Cubs.
At least one starting pitcher kept his composure Friday.

"In a game like this, it's very easy if things don't go well on the field or off the field, you can let your emotions get the best of you," White Sox starter Jake Peavy said. "I know Carlos [Zambrano] had a rough day and had some stuff happen, and they'll get that resolved as a team. But I feel blessed and fortunate I was able to channel that emotion in the right way today.”

Peavy cruised from the opening pitch, only allowing three hits while striking out nine in seven innings of work during the 6-0 White Sox victory. Peavy has now thrown 21 consecutive scoreless innings, two shy of a career high.

"We threw a lot of first-pitch strikes," Peavy said after his outing. "After that, just breaking balls. I probably threw about five changeups, then just varied the speed on my breaking ball. I threw a little cutter, a bigger sweeper. But I'm OK.

“Obviously, things have been a grind over the last few weeks just trying to throw bullpen [sessions] and get healthy and feel as good as you want to feel. [My shoulder] was to the point where I almost had to go on the disabled list with some tenderness. But this is just part of being a starting pitcher, part of being a ball player, you're going to have to grind through things."

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his last three starts.

  • White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham ended a 211 at-bat homerless streak with a fifth-inning blast off Cubs relief pitcher Tom Gorzelanny. "It felt good, it's nice to get that out of the way," Beckham said. "It's been a couple months, but it’s a great win. It's nice to be a part of it."

  • The Sox have now won 10 straight games for the first time since May 1976.

  • Carlos Quentin has homered in three consecutive games and is hitting .419 in his last nine games.