GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It's only the Cactus League, but the White Sox seem to have a chip on their shoulder after Sports Illustrated predicted they will lose 95 games this season.
The Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 7-1 on Tuesday, winning for the eighth time in their last 11 games. The Sox are 11-13 after a 3-10 start.
"That ain't going to happen, I can promise you that,'' right-hander Jake Peavy said of the 95-loss prediction. "I don't know how many we are going to win or lose, but we are not going to lose 95 games. This team has too much pride and we are going to play the right way and we are going to compete. That's all there is to it.
"We aren't going to give away games. We are going to have some growing pains, especially with as young as we are in the back end of the bullpen. I'm sure there will be times when we may lose some tough ones or give away some games but that's to be expected.
"At the same time, we have a veteran presence on this team, guys who have been in the fire before, to lead these young guys. We have great leadership from a coaching perspective. We have too much pride. This team is going to compete. We are not losing 95 games, let me tell you that.''
Peavy threw 104 pitches over seven innings in a minor league game against Sox AA and AAA players Tuesday. His results were mixed: Seven strikeouts and one walk, five runs on 12 hits. He said at the 70-pitch mark he threw mostly fastballs to work on his command. In the first two innings, he struck out four.
"I felt OK but I'm tired,'' Peavy said. "It was good work.
"It was a long day's work, but it was good. We got everything we went down there to accomplish and we threw a lot of fastballs. Threw a lot out of the stretch so that was good.''
Jesse Crain, on the mound for the first time since March 12, threw 24 pitches in the minor league game and is scheduled to pitch in a real game on Thursday. Peavy faced minor leagues to avoid facing the Indians, an AL Central rival of the Sox. He plans to throw about 60 pitches against the Reds Sunday in his final spring tuneup before he faces the Texas Rangers in Arlington on April 7.
"I'm looking forward to starting in Texas,'' Peavy said. "Everything I got right now is geared toward Texas. Getting a start at home vs. Detroit [in the home opener April 13] will be fun, but we got our work cut out for us in this first week of the season, starting with Texas. For the next week or so, we'll be doing a lot of preparation, watching some videos from last year meetings with Twiggy and some of the scouts on what Texas guys are doing here late in the spring. It's a big week for us. It will be exciting to get back home but big start before I get there.''