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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Thornton: Peavy will be just fine

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen chastised the media during spring training for questioning Jake Peavy. It was just spring training, Guillen argued.

But Peavy has come out of the box with an 8.44 ERA after two regular-season games. He started Monday's game in Toronto, but was knocked out after allowing seven runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Still, at least one of his teammates isn't worried.

"I'm a true believer in looking at a guy's track record," said reliever Matt Thornton, who picked up the win Monday. "In baseball, we say look at the back of his baseball card."

Peavy's baseball card is impressive, listing the 2007 NL Cy Young Award among his highlights. But after the Sox traded for Peavy last season from San Diego, he battled injuries before winning all three games he started at the end of the season.

"Jake Peavy has the credentials, lots of success and great stuff," Thornton said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "He's got unbelievable offspeed stuff, a great sinker and a competitive nature that only a few guys in baseball have.

"He's going to be fine. I don't worry about him at all, not one little bit. I really think he'll bounce back. He might go out the next few times and do the same thing, but I really don't think so. He works too hard and is too dedicated to the game. He'll be just fine."

For his part, Peavy doesn't sound too concerned.

"I felt OK, I just didn't execute very well," Peavy said Monday. "I got ahead of guys at times, I just didn't have enough stuff to put guys away."