's first start with the
Chicago White Sox
came after a long wait, hours of rehab and a frustrating setback.
Once he returned to the mound for his first major league start in more than three months, it had a familiar feeling. One he'd
''Once you get out there, it's like riding a bike. It comes back to you,'' said Peavy Saturday night after pitching five innings
and getting the win in Chicago's 13-3 rout of the
Kansas City Royals
''You certainly are comfortable in that surrounding,'' Peavy added. ''I did some things well and some things not so well.
I got a long way to go to be where I want to be.''
Peavy (1-0) hadn't pitched in a major league game since June 8 when he beat the Diamondbacks while with the Padres. Five days
later, he went on the disabled list with a strained tendon in his right ankle.
Traded to the
on July 31, he'd planned to be pitching sooner but was hit in the pitching elbow with a line drive during a rehab game Aug.
24, setting him back.
Even with the
's chances for making the postseason slim at best, Peavy made the start Saturday night and the 2007 Cy Young Award winner
gave a glimpse of what might be next season during his 73-pitch outing.
Peavy said he's sure he'll feel some soreness Sunday, but that's to be expected. He gave up three hits, three runs and two
walks with five strikeouts Saturday night. And now he might get two more starts.
''I'm not sure how it will come along this year because I'm far behind. It just felt good to get out there and compete,''
he said. ''I owe it to the fans, to (GM) Kenny (Williams) and these guys who got me over here. I'm not 100 percent at what
I normally would love to be.''
said Peavy might have pitched another inning if the bottom of the fifth - when Chicago's
hit a grand slam - hadn't taken so long to complete.
But he liked what he saw from Peavy, especially when the right-hander would yell at himself for not throwing strikes.
''I see why he won the
,'' Guillen said. ''He fights. I like the attitude he has. He will help us and it will help this ball club.''
Peavy struck out three of the first four batters he faced before running into trouble in the second when
hit a sinking liner for a single,
drew a walk and
followed with an RBI single. With runners at the corners, Olivo broke from third and scored as
dropped down a squeeze bunt to give the Royals a 2-1 lead.
hit a two-out opposite field homer off Peavy in the third for a 3-1 Royals' lead, but Chicago rallied.
hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third off K.C. rookie
(0-1), who had to leave his first major league start in the fifth with left elbow nerve irritation.
Hughes, who'd made four previous relief appearances, got the nod to start because
has a sore oblique muscle. The lefty went 4 1-3 innings, gave up five hits and was charged with four runs, three earned.
''I just kind of felt weird when I threw my last pitch. It's more for precautionary reasons more than anything else,'' Hughes
said. ''It just didn't feel comfortable throwing another pitch. I had
(surgery) before and I didn't want to tear anything.''
tied it in the fourth on a single, walk and RBI single by
, who was in a 7-for-74 slump.
With one out and a 2-1 count on Konerko in the fifth, catcher
, a trainer and manager Trey Hillman went to the mound, and Hughes left a short time later.
completed the walk to Konerko, gave up a single to
to load the bases.
Quentin then lined his 17th homer of the season to left, giving Chicago a 7-3 lead and putting Peavy in position for his first
AL victory. Chicago added six runs in the eighth with Ramirez hitting a two-run, bases-loaded double and Dye a two-run single.
A.J. Pierzynski had an RBI single in the first to snap an 18-inning scoreless streak by the
, who were shut out by
on Friday night.
Notes: Royals LF
, who had a 17-game hitting streak entering the game, left in the second inning with a sore right ankle and was replaced by
in the batting order. DeJesus was 0-for-1. Olivo, who hit two homers Friday night, had a stomach disorder and was replaced
by Buck in the third.