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03/17/12 6:30 PM ET
Peavy tosses five no-hit frames in win
Right-hander walks one, fans five; Escobar hits three-run homer
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Peavy pitched five innings of no-hit ball and Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer as the White Sox defeated the Mariners, 5-0, in Cactus League action on Saturday at Camelback Ranch. Peavy pitched to one batter over the minimum of 15, walking only Justin Smoak to open the second inning. He struck out five. He allowed six runs and eight hits on March 12 against the A's. "It was a good day. I got a lot of work in," Peavy said. "It was refreshing to go out there and have good stuff, good command. It's Spring Training, you know. I'm sure everybody will be happy about this one. They were bummin' about the last one. But I feel good. I'm in a good frame of mind." Meanwhile, Mariners starter Blake Beavan was almost equally as impressive. The right-hander, who is vying for a slot in the Seattle rotation, pitched the first four innings, giving up a run on three hits with two whiffs. A first-inning RBI single by Alex Rios, coming after a double by Brent Lillibridge, accounted for the run.
"The big thing for me is I felt strong and still felt good after the fourth inning, and I think that's where you want to be at the end of the day," Beavan said. Escobar's homer to left came in a four-run Chicago bottom of the fifth off left-handed reliever Hong-Chih Kuo. It was his first home run of the spring. Up next for White Sox: The White Sox travel to Mesa to play a split-squad Cubs lineup at HoHoKam Park live on Gameday Audio at 3:05 p.m. CT on Sunday. The White Sox dropped a 5-1 decision to the Cubs on March 9 at Camelback Ranch. The Sox have Gavin Floyd going against Andy Sonnanstine in a battle of right-handers. It's Floyd's second start and second appearance of the spring.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.