American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 28th
(All times Eastern)
Boston Red Sox (9-10) at Chicago White Sox (10-10), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Boston - Jon Lester (0-2, 6.00)
Chicago - Jake Peavy (3-0, 1.88)
(Sports Network) - Jake Peavy goes after his fourth win in as many starts this
evening when the Chicago White Sox continue their four-game series with the
Boston Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
After three-injury plagued seasons Peavy has been nothing short of spectacular
this season for the White Sox and has started to resemble the pitcher who won
19 games and was the National League's Cy Young Award winner in 2007 with the
San Diego Padres.
Peavy improved to 3-0 on Monday by tossing a three-hit shutout in Oakland to
lower his earned run average on the year to 1.88.
"I feel like I can get better. I really do," said Peavy, who threw 71 of his
107 pitches for strikes. "I feel like I've got some room to grow.
"My arm is going to get a little bit stronger, once I can get my legs under me
and get after it in the weight room between starts. I feel like I'll get
Peavy has split his two starts against the Red Sox, but has pitched to a 4.50
ERA in doing so.
Boston, meanwhile, will counter with a lefty in Jon Lester, who is still
searching for his first win of the season. Lester was not impressive in his
last outing on Monday against the Minnesota Twins, as he allowed five runs and
six hits in seven innings. He also walked four, but was happy with the way he
ended the game.
"I just got locked in," said Lester, who is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA this season.
"Nothing changed as far as physically or mechanically or anything. For
whatever reason ... something got me locked in, and I started throwing the
ball more aggressively downhill. Obviously the results were a lot better. I
think it was six ground balls or five ground balls or something like that.
Hopefully I can just carry those two innings over to my next one and get on a
Lester has faced the White Sox seven times and is 3-3 with a 5.28 ERA.
Boston won its fifth straight game on Friday, as Darnell McDonald had two
hits, including a three-run double, to go with four RBI and two runs scored to
propel the hot-hitting Red Sox to a 10-3 win.
Reliever turned starter Daniel Bard (2-2) fanned six and allowed three runs --
two earned -- on six hits and one walk over six solid frames.
"It was unbelievable what the bats did out there today," said Bard.
"Especially with how cold it was out there tonight. The guys made things
really easy for me."
David Ortiz belted a two-run homer and scored twice for Boston, which has
outscored its opponents 44-19 during its winning streak.
Paul Konerko smacked a solo homer for the White Sox, who have dropped four in
John Danks (2-3) took the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits and four
"We're in Chicago and we know it can be cold at the beginning of the season,"
said Danks. "Usually that's an advantage for the pitcher, but not tonight."
Chicago took four of six from the Red Sox last season.
04/28 10:34:08 ET