Tigers-White Sox Preview

Miguel Cabrera’s late-game heroics helped prove once again he is

the Detroit Tigers’ best player. Jake Peavy, though, has always

been quite successful at stopping him.

Cabrera will try to end his struggles against Peavy and lead the

Tigers to their sixth win in seven games as they wrap up a weekend

road set against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Cabrera’s two-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth

inning lifted Detroit to a 4-2 win Saturday. It was his third homer

in five games, and 12th of the year.

“If they want to pitch to me, they pitch to me. I try and look

for one pitch I can drive,” Cabrera said.

That’s not been the case against Peavy. Though Cabrera is a .313

hitter with 259 career homers, he’s 2 for 22 with 10 strikeouts

lifetime against the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner. The .091

average is Cabrera’s lowest against any pitcher with a minimum of

20 at-bats.

The White Sox have benefited from Peavy (2-0, 3.24 ERA) being

back in the rotation as he continues a successful comeback from

groundbreaking arm surgery. In four starts, he’s surrendered nine

runs and 21 hits in 25 innings with Chicago winning each time.

The right-hander gave up three runs and six hits in seven

innings of the White Sox’s 7-3 win at Boston on Monday.

“It was just a grind. I really had nothing,” said Peavy, who

threw a season-high 112 pitches. “A start like that can make or

break your season. I think my arm’s still getting stronger on a

daily basis.”

Peavy will be facing the Tigers (30-27) for the first time since

the final week of the 2009 season. He’s won his last two starts

against them, allowing eight hits in 15 scoreless innings while

walking four and striking out 13.

Brad Penny looks to duplicate his best start of the season as he

opposes the White Sox for the second time this year.

Penny (4-4, 4.72) picked up his first win in 2011 when he held

Chicago to one hit in seven innings of a 9-0 victory April 23. He

has never pitched in U.S. Cellular Field.

The right-hander hopes to begin June on the right foot. He

opened May by going 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA, but was 0-1 with a 7.71

ERA in his final two appearances. Last Monday, Penny was tagged for

five runs and a season-high 10 hits in six innings, but escaped

without a decision in the Tigers’ 6-5 win over Minnesota.

Still, he said it was the best he’s felt after a back injury

limited him to only nine starts in 2010.

“It’s nice to have my strength all the way back,” Penny


Chicago’s Adam Dunn is 6 for 33 against Penny with 17 strikeouts

– his second-highest total against any pitcher. Dunn went 0 for 4

with three strikeouts Saturday, dropping his average to .178. A

five-time 40-home run hitter, Dunn has just five this year, and

hasn’t gone deep at home since May 1.

The White Sox (28-32) are not expected to have Paul Konerko

available for the third straight game after undergoing a minor

medical procedure to dislodge a loose fragment in his left wrist

Friday. Konerko has 12 homers and leads Chicago with 44 RBIs and a

.310 average.