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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Peavy rejects lowly prediction for White Sox

By Bruce Levine

Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy has been happy with what he's been able to work on this spring.
Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy was not happy to hear that a popular sports magazine has picked the Sox to lose 95 games in 2012.

"That ain't going to happen," Peavy said. "I don’t know how many we are going to win or lose, but we are not going to lose 95 games.

"This team has too much pride. We are going to play the right way and compete. We are going to have some growing pains because we are so young in the bullpen, but we have too much pride -- this team is going to compete. We are not losing 95 games. I will tell you that "

Peavy threw his penultimate spring game against minor leaguers on Tuesday, giving up five runs in seven innings of work. He worked mostly on locating his fastball and was not really concerned with the results.

"It was a long day's work, but I feel good," Peavy said. "We got everything done down there that we wanted to accomplish. We threw a lot of fastballs and a lot out of the stretch, so it was good."

He got his pitch count up to a spring-high 104. The plan is for Peavy to throw 65-75 pitches the last time out in spring training on April 1 in preparation for his first regular-season outing on April 7 against the Texas Rangers.

The former Cy Young Award winner will have the honor of starting the home opener against the Tigers on April 13 at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I am looking forward to my start in Texas," he said. "Everything is geared toward that. Pitching against Detroit will be fun, but we have our work cut out for us the first week of the season."

Peavy is 17-13 with the White Sox since late 2009 when he was traded by San Diego.

Peavy was happy for teammate John Danks after he was named Opening Day starter.

"This is a big step for John," Peavy said. "He is going to be here the next five years and be the leader of this staff.

"Opening Day will be a fun day in Texas for him. I am sure he will have a lot of family and friends there."