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Peavy gets injured; Sox lose 8th in row

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez heads off field against Chicago White Sox baseball game Tuesday June 4 2013 Seattle.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez heads off the field against the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Updated: June 5, 2013 12:35AM

SEATTLE — Sinking lower by the day in a slump that, with each loss brings them closer to a breakup, the White Sox suffered a double-edged blow in a 7-4 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday night.

Right-hander Jake Peavy, a valuable trade chip if and when general manager Rick Hahn decides it’s time to raise the white flag and deal veterans for prospects, left in the third inning against the Mariners with pain in a rib on his left side.

X-rays were negative. While his team is attempting to halt an eight-game losing streak, Peavy will be going for an MRI.

If Peavy, who gave up six runs and seven hits, isn’t healthy or is deemed a health risk, he of course won’t be worth as much to the Sox in a deal for younger players or prospects. This was the second abbreviated outing for Peavy after two 117-pitch efforts, including a complete-game victory against the Miami Marlins on May 25.

Peavy’s velocity topped out at 90 mph Tuesday, about three mph below normal. After Raul Ibanez, who had homered in the first inning, followed a double by Kendrys Morales with a double of his own, manager Robin Ventura visited Peavy. Trainer Herm Schneider joined in and escorted Peavy off the mound.

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