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Alexei Ramirez singles seventh inning Wednesday. Two batters later Paul Konerko singled him home for go-ahead run White Sox' 7-4

Alexei Ramirez singles in the seventh inning Wednesday. Two batters later, Paul Konerko singled him home for the go-ahead run in the White Sox' 7-4 win against the host Boston Red Sox. | Steven Senne~AP

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Updated: September 11, 2011 12:22AM



BOSTON — Staying with a six-man rotation, as the Sox will do for at least one more round and — who knows? — perhaps until the
All-Star break, is fine by right-hander Jake Peavy.

‘‘Obviously it has been [good for me],’’ said Peavy, who has made four starts since coming back after surgery. ‘‘And letting all of us have extra rest, more than most clubs, will work to our advantage in August and September. Hopefully that will pay off.’’

The rotation was set Wednesday, then changed with Peavy trading places to give scuffling left-hander John Danks an extra day off. Lefty Mark Buehrle will start against the Seattle Mariners on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, followed by right-hander Edwin Jackson on Saturday and Peavy on Sunday.

Righty Phil Humber (4-3, 3.06 ERA), who manager Ozzie Guillen said has been too good to get moved out, will pitch Tuesday, followed by righty Gavin Floyd.

Guillen said Wednesday that the Sox would go to a five-man rotation by no later than the All-Star break. There are two days off during the last two weeks of July and three in all of August. Sox starters have voiced no objections.

‘‘It’s working for the time being,’’ Peavy said. ‘‘I don’t know that we’ve killed anybody in the bullpen, and our starters have all done well in that.’’

Said Buehrle: ‘‘I think only time will tell, but last year, getting pushed back a couple starts, I felt stronger later in the season than I have in previous years. You can’t really tell, but if you ask us in August, I might feel a little fresher now than I did in previous years.’’

What, Ozzie worry?

Reliever Chris Sale’s recent improvement is giving Guillen confidence to use the lefty against right-handed hitters in key situations. Having only Jesse Crain as a right-handed bridge to closer Sergio Santos is Guillen’s major concern with using six starters.

‘‘Whoever is going to help Crain has to step it up,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘That’s what I worry about.’’

Sale retired all four batters he faced Wednesday, getting the Boston Red Sox’ Adrian Gonzalez — whom he struck out on three pitches to end Tuesday’s game — on a fly out to end the seventh, followed by Kevin Youkilis and lefties David Ortiz and Carl Crawford in the eighth.

‘‘I see Sale throwing the ball a lot better,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘I’m not afraid to use him against righties, and hopefully he’s back on track. Then it’s going to be a little bit easier.’’

Route 66th

Paul Konerko’s home run against Jonathan Papelbon was his 377th and sent him past Carlton Fisk for sole possession of 66th place on the all-time list. Fisk,
who played with the Red Sox and White Sox, was in attendance and received a video tribute at all three games of the series.

‘‘We still have a lot of room to make up [in the American League Central],’’ Konerko said. ‘‘But it’s a good start, and we have to make sure we don’t lose this momentum on the off day. We have to come back against a division team on Friday, and we don’t have any more room for lapses. We’ve got to keep moving.’’

Notes

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who was a player of the month candidate, went 9-for-14 with a double, six RBI and six runs scored in the series.

† Floyd (6-5) didn’t get his sixth win last season until July 27.

† Former Cubs lefty Rich Hill grabbed his throwing elbow after walking Adam Dunn and left the game with a forearm strain.



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