"I told [White Sox bench coach] Mark Parent [at the end of spring] I can't wait to go out Saturday night and compete and worry about nothing but getting Ian Kinsler out to start the game," said Peavy, who turns 31 in May. "And not, 'Oh, I got this and other stuff going on.'
"It's going to be refreshing and will make the game fun. You show up as healthy as you can be and go out and compete and try to win the game and not go out there because you need to be out there and try to figure out a way to get through it. That's a bad place to be, and I've been there for a few years."
Following Texas' 3-2 victory on Opening Day, the White Sox and Rangers are scheduled to play the middle game of three at 7:05 p.m. CT on Saturday at Rangers Ballpark. Left-hander Derek Holland, whose last start before Spring Training was a masterful performance in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series, gets the ball for Texas.
This will be Holland's first in-season start, too, since signing a five-year, $28 million contract in mid-March, keeping the 25-year-old under contract through the 2016 season -- with two club options after that.
Contracts, of course, can bring expectations, and Holland said he wants to be someone whom the team looks to.
"It's all about being in Texas, wearing the Texas uniform and winning championships," Holland said. "I just want to be a good role model. When I was coming up, I had guys like C.J. Wilson and Michael Young to look up to. Now it's my turn. I want to be that guy."
During the 2011 regular season, Holland went 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 198 innings, posting the best year of his young career. Peavy went 7-7 with a 4.92 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 24 walks in 111 2/3 innings.
"I just want him to be consistent and keep us in the ballgame," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Holland. "That's all. I've seen him grow up a ton. In the past, when things didn't go right for Derek, it would snowball. Now, he's learned to keep it right there and stay away from the big inning. That's a sign of maturity."
The Rangers won Friday, 3-2, behind right-hander Colby Lewis, whose two runs in six innings bested the three runs Chicago southpaw John Danks allowed in the same number of innings.
White Sox: Closer still not announced
A loss to the Rangers on Friday didn't help make apparent just who the White Sox closer will be this season. Jesse Crain and rookie Hector Santiago seem to be favorites after Matt Thornton and Addison Reed both pitched an inning Friday.
"It could be any of the seven guys we have in the bullpen," White Sox pitching Don Cooper said Friday.
Rangers: Moreland makes first start Saturday
Mitch Moreland was not in the Opening Day lineup for a second straight season Friday, but is scheduled to play Saturday. Moreland is 3-for-4 with two home runs against Peavy lifetime. Adrian Beltre, Yorvit Torrealba and Josh Hamilton also have two career home runs against Peavy.
Moreland said he wasn't bothered not playing Friday.
"No, not at all," Moreland said. "I'm here to help the team anyway I can. If it means sitting and getting the key hit late in the game, I'll be ready no matter what."
There are 1,500 reserved seats, including standing room only, left for Saturday's game.
The White Sox brought back right-handed pitcher Kip Wells to the organization Friday, on a Minor League deal.