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Jake Peavy throws 44 pitches in first start as White Sox blanked by Padres 4-0

Jake Peavy delivers during first inning against Orioles. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Jake Peavy delivers during the first inning against the Orioles. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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Updated: March 3, 2013 8:50PM


FOR THE RECORD: The Sox dropped to 4-3-2 with their quietest offensive showing of the spring. The Sox had four hits — singles by Tyler Flowers, Hector Gimenez (6-for-10 this spring), Stefan Gartrell and Conor Gillaspie (who raised his average to .357 with an infield hit).

PEAVY’S FIRST START: Right-hander Jake Peavy threw 44 pitches in three innings, allowing three runs, five hits and a walk. He struck out two and retired the last five batters he faced. ‘‘I threw mainly fastballs, just trying to get the command,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘You can only go so hard in your bullpen sessions and live BP. It’s nice to get a hitter in there. Obviously, they are a very aggressive team. But I used my fastball and got better as I went.’’

PENNED IN:Addison Reed and Matt Lindstrom each pitched a scoreless inning, and prospect Nestor Molina pitched his second scoreless two-inning outing.

HE’S BACK: Shortstop Alexei Ramirez returned after missing four days to tend to a family matter in Miami. He went 0-for-3.

ROUGH ONE:Brent Morel went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and was doubled off second on Paul Konerko’s line drive to third baseman Chase Headley.

ON DECK: vs. Giants, 2:05 p.m. (, Camelback Ranch. Left-hander John Danks, who is recovering from surgery on his pitching shoulder, will pitch in a game for the first time since he faced the Cubs last May. Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong will pitch for the Giants. Simon Castro, Donnie Veal, Brian Omogrosso, Jhan Marinez and Ramon Troncoso are also on the Sox’ pitching schedule.

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