GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jake Peavy was roughed up again in his second spring start for the Chicago White Sox. He even crossed up a sign with catcher Tyler Flowers on a pitch that Brandon Allen hit for a two-run single.
At least his confidence is still intact.
``No doubt in my mind that if I'm healthy I will get people out,' he said. ``There is no chance I will give that up after a rough spring training start.'
Peavy left with one out in the third and was charged with six runs and eight hits in a 9-4 to the Oakland Athletics on Monday.
``It's early. I've got five, six more of these to get better,' he said. ``We all have to get better. I certainly will. You want results, you don't want to walk out there and give up runs and hits.'
Peavy made his spring debut against Milwaukee on Wednesday and surrendered three runs and four hits over two innings in a 10-6 loss. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner threw more breaking balls in this outing.
``I threw a lot of breaking balls, some good and some not so good,' he said. ``Just had a hard time commanding the outer half of the plate.'
Peavy said he has to work on his tempo. Injuries limited him to 19 games last season.
Collin Cowgill went 3 for 3 with three RBIs for Oakland, which finished with 15 hits. Tyson Ross allowed three hits in three scoreless innings.
A's slugger Daric Barton went 0 for 3 with two walks in his first spring game. Barton, who batted second and served as the designated hitter, is coming back from surgery in September for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The first baseman has yet to make throws in a game.
``The velocity in his swings I think is better,' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ``I think the surgery has really helped him. It's going to take time to get your timing. This is his first time in games other than some swings yesterday, so it will take some time, but he got five at_bats today.'
Ross, one of five contenders for three spots in Oakland's rotation, struck out two and walked two.
``I went out there and put up some zeros. In the end, that's always the most important thing,' Ross said. ``My control wasn't as great as I want it to be at. Just looking at the positives, I went out there three times, hit my pitch limit and was able to pitch out of some jams and ultimately get some ground balls and prevent runs.'
Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza had two hits apiece for Chicago.
NOTES: Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes was off Monday but is expected to play Tuesday. Manny Ramirez is expected to be the DH against the Milwaukee Brewers. . White Sox 1B Paul Konerko was back in the lineup after fouling a pitch off his knee Saturday. . The White Sox announced outfield prospect Brandon Short, a non-roster invitee to spring training, underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder and torn left labrum injured on Thursday. He is expected to miss the season. . Melvin said Travis Schlichting has been impressive. He got the save by throwing 2 1-3 scoreless innings. His ERA is 2.84. .White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he would like to see Dan Johnson at third base. He's a candidate for a bench spot. ... Peavy and the White Sox invited 13 wounded war veterans to spring training on Monday.
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