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On the mound: Jake Peavy’s spring debut overshadowed a two-strikeout inning for rookie reliever Chris Sale. Sale’s Arizona golfing pal, Sergio Santos, also pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout. Jesse Crain took the loss, giving up a run and two hits. The 1-4 Sox’ team ERA is 3.21.

At the plate: One run was scrounged up from seven hits. Two bases-loaded opportunities were wasted, one with no outs. Smooth-fielding third baseman Brent Morel, who is 3-for-7, doubled. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez also doubled but struck out with the bases loaded and one out.

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Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

TEMPE, Ariz. — Jake Peavy returned to his old form Friday — mechanically, that is. And with two encouraging innings, he was there performance-wise, too.

Pitching for the first time since he tore a lat muscle near his throwing shoulder, the White Sox right-hander walked off the mound to a rousing ovation from fans and teammates after he faced the minimum six batters in the Sox’ 3-1 Cactus League loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Peavy threw 26 pitches, 16 for strikes. He struck out two and walked one, allowing no hits. He struck out Maicer Izturis to open the first, walked Bobby Abreu and got Torii Hunter to roll into a double play to end the inning. Peavy touched 92 mph on the DP pitch and was at 90-91 consistently. In the second, he struck out Vernon Wells.

‘‘I put something on that [pitch to Wells],’’ Peavy said. ‘‘I wasn’t airing it out, but I was putting something on the ball and trying to take it up a notch.’’

‘‘I feel relieved, pleased. . . . I hope we’ve put a lot of questions and issues to rest.’’

One issue that won’t rest is Peavy’s mechanics, which don’t appear to be built for a long career. When he altered them after an ankle injury, it led to more problems.

‘‘We have gotten back to that old San Diego delivery that I’m used to,’’ said Peavy, who won a Cy Young Award with the Padres. ‘‘I did get away from that at the end of ’09 [with the Sox] and the start of last year. I wasn’t as mechanically sound as I have been. I’ve never been a guy that scouts love to watch throw. I spent eight years healthy with those mechanics and doing some good things in the game. That is who I want to be. Got away from that, and some health issues caused me to do that. I think I’m back there.’’

Peavy will pitch Wednesday on four days’ rest.

‘‘[Today] is a big day, seeing how we feel,’’ he said. ‘‘Hopefully, there’s nothing abnormal. We just move right ahead with a bullpen and start focusing on our next spring-training start and head toward April.’’

Pitching coach Don Cooper said Peavy may go three innings, which is normal for a second spring start.

Bad things

Asked if he saw any good things in Friday’s loss, which dropped the Sox to 1-4, manager Ozzie Guillen said, ‘‘What about the bad things?’’

Guillen wasn’t pleased with some shaky baserunning, including Brent Lillibridge getting picked off first by Ryan Brasier in the ninth after Lillibridge had singled in the Sox’ only run.

The Sox left nine runners on and were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. They loaded the bases in the fifth, but Alexei Ramirez struck out, and Adam Dunn (1-for-11) flied out against Hisanori Takahashi. In the sixth, they loaded the bases with no outs and didn’t score.

†The Sox’ starters have not allowed a hit in 10 innings. Gavin Floyd is slated for three innings today.

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