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Peavy silencing critics

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jakepeavy-thumb-500x337-10718.jpgCLEVELAND - Just in case a last statement needs to be made, Jake Peavy hopes to dot the exclamation point on Friday.
Yes, his wish is that the game will still mean something for Detroit in deciding the Central Division, despite the White Sox' fate already decided. But even if it doesn't, the right-hander would like to put a final nail in the coffin of the perception that he originally turned down the trade from San Diego back in May because he was worried about a sky-rocketing ERA in the move from the National League to the American League just in case his 2-0 start and 2.25 ERA in his first two starts haven't.
"There's no doubt that pitching in this league is more difficult simply because of the extra hitter,'' Peavy said on Wednesday. "You can't pick and choose your battles as much. Obviously you can pick and choose your battles somewhat, but the battles you're picking and choosing in the National League, if you're anywhere close to that pitcher you're going to get him. Obviously he's not going to be as talented as the other guys in the lineup, and certainly ERAs are going to be higher here.
"The bottom line, though, is pitching's pitching, and I told everyone from the get-go that staying in the National League, from my standpoint, I enjoyed getting a hit, bunting, hit-and-run, just strategizing, I enjoyed that. I told people when it happened that obviously I put that to rest, the idea that I was somehow scared or didn't want to pitch over here, that I don't give a dang about what my ERA ends up at the end of the season as long as the win-loss column is right for the Chicago White Sox and I did something to help that, that's all I care about.''
Because of an ankle injury and then a bruised pitching elbow that sidelined him a good part of three months, Peavy is admittedly still not 100 percent. But as he's shown in starts against Kansas City and Detroit, Peavy at 80-90 percent is still ace material.
And as far as settling into his new environment, not a problem.
"I'm excited to be here,'' Peavy added. "First of all, it's a great bunch of guys in this clubhouse. The one common goal from the players to the manager to the front office is to win. When you hear Jerry Reinsdorf speak to the team the way he did [before Friday's game], there's nothing more for a player in my position than to win that World Series. It puts chills on me, gets me excited that from the owner on down to the 25th man on the roster we want to win.
"It was a good decision, I'm in a good place. I'm in a great city that's passionate about sports and hopefully we'll get that in the next three years. As a player that's all you can ask for.''

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