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With Gavin Floyd injured, Jake Peavy to pitch Friday vs. Tigers

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SOX AT ORIOLES

The facts: 6:05, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.

The starters: Chris Sale (15-4, 2.65 ERA) vs. Chris Tillman (6-2, 3.71).

Updated: September 29, 2012 6:16AM



BALTIMORE — The White Sox are loading up for the Detroit Tigers.

With Gavin Floyd unavailable for his scheduled turn Friday because of a sore right elbow, Jake Peavy will skip the Orioles on Wednesday and face the Tigers in the crucial three-game series opener at Comerica Park.

“You want the guys you’ve been counting on — your best guys — going to take your best shot,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.

Dylan Axelrod is on his way from Class AAA Charlotte and will start Wednesday against the Orioles, Ventura indicated. Francisco Liriano will start Saturday against red-hot Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, and Chris Sale will oppose Justin Verlander in the series finale on Sunday night.

Floyd has a muscle strain but no structural damage in the elbow, an MRI exam taken Monday revealed.

Peavy doesn’t need the extra rest, but two extra days won’t hurt him at this point in the season.

“It helps,’’ Ventura said. “He’s proved over the year that’s a good couple of days to give him. The opportunity is available to have two long guys [against the Orioles] … [and having Peavy] going against a team you’re battling. There are a lot of positives the way I look at it.’’

Floyd won’t have to go on the disabled list with the Sept. 1 roster expansion date around the corner. He should be able to contribute in September in some capacity, although a second flare-up of his elbow is worrisome. He went on the disabled list for the first time in his career in early July.

“The part that concerns you is he already had the DL stint before,’’ Ventura said. “Once he starts saying it wasn’t feeling right, you just don’t like to send him back out there. It concerns you enough when you’re dealing with a guy’s future.’’

Axelrod is 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 381/3 innings for the Sox this season. He has made six starts. He’s 7-5 with a 2.88 ERA for Charlotte, where he was scratched from a scheduled start Monday. In four of his previous five starts with Charlotte, Axelrod has allowed one or no runs.

Viciedo returns

The golden right shoulder of left fielder Dayan Viciedo was well enough for him to play Monday after he missed two games with inflammation over the weekend.

“It feels a lot better,’’ said Viciedo, who said he began to experience soreness a few days ago.

Viciedo’s strong and accurate arm has produced 11 assists, tied for fourth-most among major-league outfielders. But his bat was rusty after the short layoff. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

This and that

Center fielder Alejandro De Aza, who’s on the disabled list, swung the bat “and looked all right,” Ventura said. “At some point soon, he’ll go on a rehab [assignment].’’

De Aza’s fill-in, Dewayne Wise, is batting .333 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 13 starts since rejoining the Sox on Aug. 11. He singled and scored two of the Sox’ runs against the Orioles.

† The Sox’ one-run loss broke their streak of four one-run victories. They’ve won 15 of their last 20 one-run games. The last time the Sox won four consecutive one-run games was in 1996.

Lew Ford’s homer against Liriano was his first since 2007.



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