With an eye on helping the Boston Red Sox reach the postseason, Jake Peavy is set to begin a new chapter in his stellar career.
The 32-year-old right-hander makes his debut for the Red Sox on Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks .
Perhaps the biggest name to be moved prior to Wednesday's trade deadline, Peavy (8-4, 4.28 ERA) was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday as part of a three-team trade in which Boston (66-45) sent talented young infielder Jose Iglesias to Detroit.
Peavy, who last pitched in the postseason for San Diego in 2006, is excited about the chance of possibly returning with the Red Sox - leaders by one game over Tampa Bay in the AL East."The opportunity I've been given, I couldn't ask for anything more than to come to a team in first place with a realistic chance, which is why we all play this game - to play in the postseason," said Peavy, who is reunited with former White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves - now the pitching coach in Boston.
Peavy, who made one previous appearance at Fenway Park in 2011, has won two straight starts despite yielding eight runs and four homers over 13 innings."I expect to win on my day, and to be the best teammate I can be," the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner said. "I think I can win. I still think I can be a pitcher who can go out every fifth day and give my team a chance to win."
Peavy is 13-12 with a 4.66 ERA in 29 starts against the Diamondbacks (56-53), but has not faced them since 2009.
He'll try to help the Red Sox bounce back after their six-game interleague winning streak ended with a 7-6 loss to Arizona on Friday. Ex-Boston outfielder Cody Ross had four hits, including a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh to help the Diamondbacks snap a five-game skid to the Red Sox.
Ross, who had 22 home runs and 81 RBIs in 130 games last season for Boston, is 9 for 14 with five RBIs in three games."Obviously, I want to come in here and perform and play well. Any time you play against one of your old teams you want to do that," he said, "but I have no hard feelings toward anybody in this organization."
Ross' only hit in five at-bats versus Peavy was a home run.
Arizona might have a good chance to spoil Peavy's Beantown debut and record consecutive road wins for the first time since July 3-4 behind All-Star Patrick Corbin (12-2, 2.24).
The left-hander has allowed one run in each of his last four starts, during which he's struck out 34 over 28 2-3 innings. His three-start winning streak ended Sunday despite allowing a run and fanning eight in eight innings of a 1-0 loss to San Diego."I just want to do the same thing: Go up there and give up as few runs as I can," Corbin said.
He'll try to cool off Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury , who is batting .474 (27 for 57) during a 13-game interleague hitting streak.
Arizona's Aaron Hill is 13 for 26 with eight extra-base hits in his last six games against AL opponents.
|July 29, 2013||Miguel Montero||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|July 26, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Hamstring tightness|
|July 09, 2013||Eric Chavez||Day-to-Day||Stiff right hip|
|July 01, 2013||Trevor Cahill||15-Day DL||Right hip contusion|
|June 28, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Left hand contusion|
|June 10, 2013||Matt Reynolds||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
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|July 19, 2013||Shane Victorino||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|July 13, 2013||Andrew Bailey||15-Day DL||Right shoulder strain|
|July 09, 2013||Alex Wilson||15-Day DL||Sprained right thumb|
|July 08, 2013||Jacoby Ellsbury||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 07, 2013||Andrew Miller||60-Day DL||Left foot surgery - out for season|
|June 29, 2013||Stephen Drew||15-Day DL||Right hamstring tightness|
BOSTON (AP) -- Jake Peavy tipped his hat to the crowd as he left off the mound to a standing ovation after his first start since joining the Boston Red Sox.
A smile would have to wait.
"I was upset giving up that hit," Peavy said after allowing four hits, one of them against his final batter before walking off to a big cheer in Boston's 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. "I hope every last person knows it from the bottom of my heart: It was something special."
Peavy (8-5) struck out seven and walked two, giving up Paul Goldschmidt 's homer in the fourth and leaving with a 3-1 lead after a leadoff single in the eighth. The former Cy Young winner walked slowly from the mound as the crowd rose to a standing ovation, tipping his cap to the fans while crossing the first-base line on his way to the dugout.
"Outstanding debut for us," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He was effective, as advertised."
Shane Victorino and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for Boston. Jonny Gomes threw a runner out at the plate to protect a one-run lead in the eighth inning and preserve the win for Peavy, who was acquired from the Chicago White Sox late Tuesday night in a three-team trade that included Detroit.
" Jonny Gomes might be my favorite player in the big leagues," Peavy told reporters after the game with a broad smile on his face. "I had some nerves. ... I have 300 starts, it felt like one of my first."
Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 10th save for the Red Sox, who have won six of their last eight games and remain one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.
Patrick Corbin (12-3) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out six in six-plus innings for his second consecutive loss.
Peavy left after giving up a leadoff single to Wil Nieves in the eighth, then the Diamondbacks continued to load the bases against Craig Breslow . Aaron Hill singled off Junichi Tazawa to make it 3-2 but Gomes threw out Cliff Pennington at the plate when he tried to score from second.
"We're aggressive," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said, defending third-base coach Matt Williams . "I make mistakes, Matty makes mistakes, players make mistakes at times. We stand behind each other."
Goldschmidt struck out, then Eric Chavez flied out to left to end the inning. Boston made it 5-2 in the bottom half when Saltalamacchia homered into the Red Sox bullpen, where Uehara caught it.
The Red Sox got Peavy on Tuesday night, a before the trading deadline. The 2007 NL Cy Young winner came from a last-place team to a first-place team, and in his first start he gave the Red Sox rotation a boost.
In his third start since leaving the game on June 4 for Chicago with a broken rib, Peavy allowed just one hit in the first three innings before Goldschmidt knocked an 0-2 pitch over the Boston bullpen to lead off the fourth. Peavy retired 12 of the next 13 batters.
"He was just vintage Jake," Gibson said. "He made the pitches when he had to. We had some pressure on him occasionally, but he's a good pitcher. That's why they got him. You've got to tip your hat."
Corbin had allowed one earned run in each of his previous four starts before giving up three on Saturday, bringing a 2.24 ERA - third-best in the National League - into the game. The Diamondbacks fell to 18-4 in his starts this season.
NOTES: The Red Sox recalled RHP Rubby de la Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned RHP Pedro Beato to Triple-A. ... Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 40th base of the season, joining Tris Speaker (1912-14) as the only Red Sox players with three seasons of at least 40 steals. ... Boston DH David Ortiz has reached base safely in 17 straight games. ... The Red Sox are 8-3 in interleague play this year, with 17 wins in their last 22 games against the NL. ... Former Red Sox OF Cody Ross was held hitless in four at-bats after going 4 for 5 on Friday with two doubles and a go-ahead homer for Arizona.