White Sox-Red Sox Preview

The Associated Press

Jake Peavy has nothing but good things to say about his time with the Chicago White Sox, but he couldn't be happier about pitching in a pennant race with the Boston Red Sox.

Facing his former team for the first time since being dealt to Boston last month, Peavy looks to win a second straight start Saturday night.

Acquired by Chicago (56-77) from San Diego during the 2009 season, Peavy (10-5, 3.99 ERA) went 36-29 with a 4.00 ERA in 84 games with 83 starts. With the team out of contention and Peavy's hefty contract in tow, Chicago shipped the right-hander to the AL East-leading Red Sox as part of a three-team trade July 30.

Following the deal, Peavy tweeted a message to White Sox fans.

"THANK YOU Chicago! It's been an honor & a privilege to pitch for u! You are 1st class & I will never forget you! So many emotions right now!''

Though Peavy still roots for a Chicago team that won 10 of 12 prior to Friday's 4-3 loss at Fenway, he'll be all business Saturday.

"It is what it is," Peavy told the White Sox's official website. "I'm happy to see those guys when they're not playing us, playing well, and the way we all knew they were capable of playing."

Peavy, 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts for Boston (80-56), has allowed four runs over 20 2-3 innings while going 1-1 in the last three. He's coming off his best outing of the season Sunday when he yielded a homer and two other hits during a complete-game 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"It's satisfying anytime you win, however you can get that done," Peavy told the Red Sox's official website.

Winners in five of six overall, the Red Sox have won 10 of 14 against the White Sox.

Back from his suspension for intentionally beaning New York's Alex Rodriguez, Boston's Ryan Dempster pitched into the seventh and David Ortiz snapped an 0-for-23 slump with a two-run single Friday.

"I told you guys last night, don't worry about me,'' said Ortiz, who is 10 for 24 (.417) with eight RBIs in his last eight games against the White Sox. "Start worrying about me when I go up to the plate with no bat.''

Teammate Shane Victorino is 10 for 19 with 11 RBIs in five games overall and batting .438 in his last 12.

Acquired by Chicago from Detroit as part of the Peavy deal, talented rookie outfielder Avisail Garcia went 2 for 4 and homered for the second straight game. In 20 games with the White Sox, Garcia is batting .360 with those two home runs and 10 RBIs. He's 9 for 17 with five RBIs in the last four.

Chicago starter John Danks (4-10, 4.15 ERA) went 0-5 with a 4.70 ERA during an eight-start stretch before conceding only a two-run homer in 14 innings to win his last two. The left-hander yielded that blast in six innings of a 5-2 win over Texas on Sunday.

Though Danks has not pitched at Boston since 2010, he's posted a 2.08 ERA while winning his last two starts there.

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