Saturday's Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Jake Peavy vs. John Danks

August 31, 2013 - 4:57 am
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Fresh off of his best start in a Red Sox uniform, Jake Peavy will look to build off of his impressive performance when he takes the mound Saturday against the White Sox and left-hander John Danks at Fenway Park. It will be the first career start for Peavy against the White Sox, the team that he played for from July 2009 to July 2013. On July 30, Peavy was traded from Chicago to the Red Sox in a seven-player, three-team deal that sent Jose Iglesias to the Tigers. It seems like the move from the last-place (AL Central) White Sox to the first-place (AL East) Red Sox has re-energized Peacy, who is 2-1 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts with Boston. In his last start on Aug. 25 against the Dodgers, Peavy looked like he had turned the clock back to his 2007 Cy Young award season, as the four-time All-Star surrendered just one run on three hits in a complete-game effort. Behind Peavy's dominating performance, the Red Sox won the game by a score of 8-1 and dealt the red-hot Dodgers their first series loss since mid-June. With his complete game, Peavy further padded his already impressive stats at Dodger Stadium: In 12 career starts there, he is 7-1 with a 2.85 ERA. "Tonight was a very big night for us, and we knew that," Peavy said after the game. "They've been on an incredible run, but we're a good ballclub as well, and this shows the caliber of ballclub that we are. ... We're on the same level with those guys." Danks, much like the White Sox organization, has had a tough time this year, as the 28-year-old possesses a 4-10 record with a 4.15 ERA. In his last start on Sunday, Danks earned his second victory in a row against the Rangers, as the southpaw allowed just two earned runs and struck out five over six innings of work. Danks has had an unspectacular track record against the Red Sox, with a 3-5 record and a 4.98 ERA in eight career starts. In his last start against the Red Sox on April 27, 2012, Danks earned the victory despite allowing seven earned runs over 5 2/3 innings of work. White Sox vs. Peavy (RHP) Adam Dunn (36 plate appearances): .179 BA/.333 OBP/.393 SLG, 2 home runs, 10 strikeouts Jeff Keppinger (10): .200/.200/.400, 1 triple, 1 strikeout No other White Sox batters have faced Peavy. Red Sox vs. Danks (LHP) Mike Napoli (25 plate appearances): .167 BA/.200 OBP/.167 SLG, 4 hits, 13 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (17): .143/.250/.143, 2 hits, 2 walks David Ortiz (14): .286/.286/.714, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury (8): .571/.625/.571, 4 hits Jonny Gomes (8): .125/.125/.500, 1 home run, 5 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8): .250/.250/.375, 1 double, 2 strikeouts Mike Carp (4): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Stephen Drew (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava and David Ross have not faced Danks.

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