Scottsdale

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Second Start for Peavy

Today’s news centered on the second spring start by right-hander Jake Peavy, who allowed only a fourth-inning homer by Audrey Huff in 3.2 IP, walking one and striking out one.  Peavy threw 49 pitches, 30 for strikes.

“It was certainly a lot of work to get ready, but my body did all we asked it to do,” said Peavy, who starts again on Monday vs. San Diego in a game televised on Comcast Sports Net Chicago.  “I wasn’t very sharp but I had pretty decent stuff.  I suspect my velocity was down because the adrenaline just wasn’t there like it was the first time out against Anaheim.

“All in all it was a good day.  I got up and down four times, which was good.  It was just a good step in the right direction, another hurdle to clear and moving toward our ultimate goal, and that’s to break camp with the team.”

Scottsdale

Talk about one of the best spring training atmospheres in the Cactus League!  Great crowd today — a lot of Sox fans — and a must is a pregame meal out on the outfield berm.  Too bad we play here just once a spring.

Arrival

Pitching Coach Don Cooper was the first member of the White Sox to arrive today, ambling in through the open gate in center field.

Former Giant Omar Vizquel was surrounded by SF media before the game, while former Sox star Aaron Rowand took batting practice with the Giants.

Starting pitcher Jake Peavy walked in from the bus in center field wearing his Sox uniform and a camo baseball cap.  Classic.

Viciedo

Ozzie’s pregame session with the media focused on Peavy’s start and Dayan Viciedo, who the manager termed the biggest surprise of camp thus far.

“Everybody else is doing what I expected,” Guillen offered.  He cited Viciedo’s play in the outfield, his conditioning and the way he has swung the bat as positives.

“He’s got to play,” Guillen said.  “Either here or down there.  He’s got to play.”

Thornton

I’ve been meaning to write this for a day or two, but in all the praise and compliments of Matt Thornton’s new contract, I was mildly surprised at one person who did not get many accolades.

Matt certainly deserved the deal — no AL lefty is better and no one works harder or is a nicer guy — and Don Cooper deservedly earned props for helping a wild former first round pick find the strike zone consistently, but no one pointed out (at least that I read) that it was Kenny Williams’ deal for Thornton (in exchange for our own first rounder Joe Borchard) that brought Thornton to this organization.  Think the Mariners regret that one?

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