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Friday, April 13, 2012

Peavy acts the ace he used to be for Sox home opener

Posted By on 04.13.12 at 05:15 PM

Happy Opening Day, Sox fans- and fans of Jake Peavy.
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  • Happy opening day, Sox fans—and fans of Jake Peavy.
I don't know if new White Sox manager Robin Ventura was thinking of the team's home opener when he pegged Jake Peavy as his number two starter behind John Danks, but if so he's already showing signs of genius.

Given the plum assignment of starting the team's first home game, Peavy, the former National League Cy Young Award winner who has been little but injured since joining the Sox three years ago, looked every inch the ace he'd like to return to being as he tamed the Detroit Tigers for a 5-2 win.

Peavy was perfect through three and went six and two-thirds innings, allowing only a hit and a walk before serving up a two-run homer to Delmon Young. Still, he fanned eight and departed with the Sox still holding a 3-2 lead. The bullpen made the lead stand up with the help of a couple of excellent defensive plays, including a diving catch in left field by the "Tank," Dayan Viciedo, who put the Sox in front earlier with a solo homer. The Sox tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the eighth.

A Peavy at full health would give the Sox one of the best starting rotations in baseball. Doubtful as that would seem to be, given his recent injury history, isn't optimism what opening day is all about?

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