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Peavy leaves Sox’ 7-4 loss with rib pain, x-ray negative

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws against Seattle Mariners first inning baseball game Tuesday June 4 2013 Seattle.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Updated: June 5, 2013 12:19AM

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 on 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 following 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 with the Sox trailing 6-2.

Peavy threw 69 pitches in a four-inning outing against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday, when he was tagged for six runs on eight hits.

Hernandez (7-4) gave up four runs, two on Adam Dunn’s 13th homer in the second and Tyler Flowers’ RBI double in the eighth.

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