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Robin Ventura praises Jake Peavy’s leadership

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws MinnesotTwins batter during first inning baseball game Wednesday Sept. 5 2012 Chicago.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak)

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Updated: October 7, 2012 8:08AM

Chris Sale is the ace of the White Sox’ staff. And Jake Peavy is the veteran leader.

Sale is the 23-year-old Cy Young candidate, Peavy the 31-year-old former Cy guy and veteran presence who made sure the Sox won an important game on Wednesday after getting thrashed the night before.

“That’s one of those things he’s a natural at doing,’’ manager Robin Ventura said of Peavy the leader. “As far as the outcomes of how things go, who knows how that’s going to go, but I like what he does as far as taking on that leadership and being responsible for what’s going on out there.

‘‘He has everybody accountable.”

Peavy (10-10) gave up one run, five hits and one walk. Two years removed from major surgery, he feels healthy again but is fighting normal wear and tear in this September pennant push.

“You’ve played the full season, and you don’t feel like it’s April,’’ Peavy said after throwing 107 pitches. “But when you’re playing meaningful games, you talk about the importance of taking care of yourself at this point. Make sure you’re getting your rest and getting treatment in the training room and staying on top of your body. This team’s got a lot left, and we’ll grind it out.

“We won’t be satisfied unless we make these next 26 games count and find a way to play October baseball.’’

No extended rest for Sale

Ventura said there are no plans to skip left-handed starters Sale and Jose Quintana , 23, for upcoming starts even though both are in uncharted territory for innings pitched.

With the day off Thursday, a rotation that is going through a rough stretch gets an extra day of rest. Sale pitches Saturday against the Royals and in the Tigers four-game series finale at U.S. Cellular Field next Thursday.

Sale has lost three of his last four starts, and Quintana has had two consecutive short outings. Quintana doesn’t look tired, Ventura said, he’s just not commanding his pitches and has walked 11 over his last four starts (172/3 innings).

“You keep going,’’ Ventura said.

“We just can’t pick someone off another team and think that’s going to be better. It just doesn’t happen.’’

As for extended rest for Sale or anybody else, Ventura said, “We’re passed that point of giving guys chunks of time.’’

This and that

Gavin Floyd (sore right elbow) is slated to throw a side session Thursday. Floyd threw Monday but will throw breaking pitches this time. When he returns is still iffy.

◆ Addison Reed, who gave up a run in the ninth, has a 5.66 ERA in non-save situations.

◆ Gordon Beckham (2-for-4) has reached base safely in 15 consecutive games, batting .333 during that span.

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