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Peavy fares well in possible White Sox farewell

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:24 p.m. CST

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(MCT) CHICAGO — Jake Peavy chose to wear the White Sox's 1983 uniform Thursday because he never started a Sunday home game during the last 1{ seasons when the Sox sported retro garb.

He also packed some of his belongings.

Now it's up to the White Sox and a playoff contender to strike a deal before Wednesday's 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline that would fulfill the anticipation of the crowd of 30,348 at U.S. Cellular Field who gave Peavy an ovation after he pitched seven-plus innings of four-hit ball to beat the Tigers, 7-4.

"It was emotional for me," Peavy said of the reception as he left the field. "If it was the last time I pitch here at U.S. Cellular with this uniform on, it was a nice way to go out. It meant the absolute world to me. I hope everyone knows that."

Peavy showed several scouts that his left rib no longer is an issue as he used a tailing fastball to strike out seven.

The only issue is whether the Sox can acquire enough young talent to offset the loss of Peavy (8-4), who has been a mentor to the likes of 24-year-old staff ace Chris Sale.

"That's some of the bigger stuff people don't see," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's a good pitcher, and people can see that. But what he brings is a lot more, especially for me looking at it as a manager."

The Red Sox, Braves, Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Athletics were among the teams represented, with the A's making a late push with Billy Owens, their director of player personnel, in attendance.

Other teams, such as the Rangers and Yankees, were believed to be examining right fielder Alex Rios. But most of the attention was placed on Peavy, 32, who could bring the most value to a Sox team (40-59) on pace for their worst season since they went 64-97 in 1976.

"I certainly have things in order if I was to get traded," Peavy said. "When you get traded, you don't get two or three days to get there. You have to get up and go. We won't be caught off guard for sure. Hopefully that's for naught, but we'll see how it plays out."

Peavy survived three home runs, mostly because he retired the first nine batters and retired 12 of the next 14 after Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

The Sox victory resembled the script they thought they would follow before the season as the offense went 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position against former American League Cy Young Award-winner Justin Verlander.

Catcher Tyler Flowers, who lost his full-time catching duties three weeks ago to Josh Phegley, hit an RBI double and solo homer off Verlander.

"You want to be wanted and a value to the club you are on, and for other clubs to see you as that as well," Peavy said. "I'm not sure what that value is. We'll see here."

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