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Peavy: Normal rest will be fine in 2012

Updated: October 3, 2011 12:38PM



BALTIMORE — Right-hander Jake Peavy said he is confident he’ll pitch regularly on four days of rest next season, when he’ll be 21 months removed from his surgery to reattach a torn lat muscle.

Doing it for the last seven weeks of this season shouldn’t be a problem, Peavy said, but he wouldn’t mind the extra day of rest, either.

‘‘In a normal scenario, I can’t see it being a problem, me going on four [days of rest],’’ Peavy said Wednesday. ‘‘But, heck, we’ve played good and pitched good as a whole staff under this six-man rotation that we’ve had for the better part of the year. I’ll do whatever I’m told for the remainder of the year.’’

Coming off eight scoreless innings Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, Peavy will start on five days of rest against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field. Beyond that, because the Sox have three days off in the next two weeks, they might go with their four hottest pitchers, pitching coach Don Cooper said.

Bring them on

Left-hander Mark Buehrle said he will take as many starts as he can to have a shot at reaching his annual goal of 200 innings. Buehrle, who is scheduled to start Thursday against the Orioles, needs one victory, eight starts and 52 innings to reach 10 victories, 30 starts and 200 innings for the 11th consecutive season.

‘‘It’s going to be close,’’ Buehrle said. ‘‘Coop said I have eight or nine starts left, so I’ll need to go deep into games to get it. It’s awesome to have, but before too long everything is going to come to an end. If this year it comes to an end, it won’t be like I had a bad year. In my mind, I [will have] stayed healthy and made my starts; I just didn’t get enough of them.’’

Ramirez sits

Omar Vizquel started at shortstop in place of Alexei Ramirez, who was in a 1-for-15 rut.

‘‘I need Omar to play,’’ manager Ozzie Guillen said. ‘‘Every time Omar plays, he contributes somewhere, somehow, to win games and keep things interesting. Alexei is the type of a kid that needs a break more mental than physical. The last couple of days, he’s been going crazy about his at-bats and getting a little frustrated. I gave him a little time to relax.’’

Ramirez’s range was missed on two ground balls the 44-year-old Vizquel couldn’t reach in the Orioles’ two-run second.

Troop support

Eight Sox visited injured military personnel at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Buehrle, left-hander John Danks, right-hander Zach Stewart, second baseman Gordon Beckham, relievers Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain, coach Mike Gellinger and trainer Herm Schneider signed autographs and posed for pictures.



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