Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 5/26/12
While Derek Lowe was enduring one of the worst seasons of his career in 2011, the Chicago White Sox's Jake Peavy was dealing with another injury-plagued one. Now healthy, Peavy will try to add to his promising campaign when he faces a rejuvenated Lowe and the Cleveland Indians on Saturday afternoon. Peavy, the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner, hasn't won more than seven games or made more than 18 starts since being acquired by the White Sox from San Diego on July 31, 2009. Surgery on his right shoulder kept him out from July 2010 to May 2011 and he also had a stint on the DL in June for a strained muscle in his right groin. Peavy (5-1, 2.39 ERA) has tried to make up for that lost time this season and had one of his best outings Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. Despite the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, he allowed three hits over 6 1-3 innings and struck out seven in a 6-0 win. It was the sixth time in nine starts he's given up two runs or fewer. Lowe, meanwhile, was relatively healthy for Atlanta in 2011 but registered a career-high 17 losses and his worst ERA (5.05) since a 5.42 mark for Boston in 2004. The veteran right-hander has rediscovered his groove during his return to the AL and allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last six outings. Lowe (6-2, 2.15), though, suffered a hard-luck 5-3 defeat to Miami on Sunday, giving up two runs over six innings as his four-game win streak ended. The Indians (26-19) could use Lowe's help to avoid having their 2 12-game lead over Chicago in the AL Central cut even further. The White Sox (24-22) trimmed that deficit with a 9-3 victory in Friday's series opener and ended a three-game win streak for their division rivals, who have also prevailed in eight of 11 contests. "I think it's fun that way," Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said. "It was good (sweeping) Detroit here at home, but now we got to turn our focus to (Chicago). These guys are closer in the division than Detroit is right now ...This team is good and we know that." Dayan Viciedo was among four White Sox players with two RBIs on Friday as he hit his sixth homer in 11 games. A.J. Pierzynski had his third in five contests and Adam Dunn hit his third in six games for Chicago, winners in seven of eight and three in a row over Cleveland. "We have a good feeling," Pierzynski said. "There's been some ups and downs, but at the end of the day, when we come in, we know that there's a positive vibe. "We know we're in for a dogfight, but at the end of the day, we like where we're at. We like our chances. If we continue to pitch and get some hits like we have, we should be able to win." Peavy might not need too much help from his teammates judging by his recent outings against the Indians. He gave up one run over seven innings during an 8-1 victory at Progressive Field and tossed a three-hit shutout in his most recent matchup in Chicago on May 18, 2011. Lowe will face the White Sox for the first time since June 24, 2010. He's 1-2 with a 3.67 in seven lifetime starts against them.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Best athlete by state all time
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Yordano Ventura killed in car accident

Falcons benefit from questionable call after turnover

Report: Tomlin, Steelers fined Antonio Brown $10,000

Ten biggest winners and losers from NFL Championship Sunday

Luke Walton rips Lakers after 'embarrassing' 49-point loss

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Oregon firing OC David Reaves after DUI arrest

Report: Colts hired psychologists for Pagano-Grigson relationship

Report: Kelly a candidate to replace Shanahan as Falcons OC

Baron Davis blames Russia for Westbrook All-Star snub

Reason Jabari Parker was benched revealed

Sanders, Ware think Romo would be good fit for Broncos

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

Box Score 1/20: 37 years ago today, Carter said no to Moscow

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Ranking the top three conferences in college basketball

The NFC Championship’s two most important players

Eight bold predictions for second half of NBA season

Box Score 1/19: Happy anniversary to the 'Tuck Rule' game

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

QUIZ: Name the owners of these 50 famous NFL nicknames

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker