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Peavy fans six over seven solid innings

White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said it himself: It doesn't matter who's in first or last when the White Sox and the Cubs are playing. The crosstown Cubs proved him right in Monday's series opener with a 12-3 win despite entering the day last in the National League Central while the Sox sat in first in the American League Central.

Konerko and the South Siders will look to rebound with a win on Tuesday. But even against a struggling Cubs squad -- which has dropped 24 of its last 32 games -- the White Sox won't get away with a bad game.

It's simply the nature of the heated series.

"I think more than anything, if you look at the numbers, it's been really evenly matched," Konerko said. "It doesn't really matter who's in first or last. I've been on both ends of it, so have other guys in here, where we've been going really well or vice versa and it's always good games. I think it always kind of heightens your game a little bit."

Looking to clinch a series victory on Tuesday for the Cubs will be left-hander Travis Wood. Wood is 0-3 since being recalled from Triple-A last month despite some strong outings. The 25-year-old has limited the opposition to a .228 average and three or fewer runs in five of his first six starts.

And if the crosstown rivalry isn't enough to heighten Wood's adrenaline, Tuesday's start opposite Jake Peavy will also mark his second straight outing against a Cy Young Award winner.

Wood allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings on June 14 against Detroit's Justin Verlander.

"For me, I was a little more amped up going against a guy like Verlander," Wood said afterward. "You know you have to be on top of your game. Even if he doesn't have his A game, he's still a great pitcher."

Cubs: Keeping White Sox in the park
• Manager Dale Sveum is well aware of the power boasted by the White Sox lineup. The South Siders tagged the Cubs for eight home runs during their three-game sweep earlier this season. Sveum said his club must limit its crosstown rival's homers to have a chance at victory.

"The bottom line is keeping their three big boys from hitting the ball out of the ballpark," Sveum said. "That's the bottom line to their offense. They've been very good with men in scoring position, so they're scoring runs other ways than hitting home runs."

The White Sox hit two homers on Monday.

• Conversely, the Cubs have experienced much more success of their own hitting the ball out of opposing parks this season rather than out of Wrigley Field, including five at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday. They have hit 13 more home runs in road games (34) than home games (21) despite playing only one fewer game at Wrigley so far.

White Sox: Peavy starts after extra rest
• Zach Stewart started Monday's game, giving Peavy an extra day of rest before he takes the mound on Tuesday. Similarly, Chris Sale will have six days between his previous start -- last Friday in Los Angeles -- and his next start on Friday against Milwaukee.

"We've basically had those guys on a college schedule, pitching once every six days, once every seven days on occasion," general manager Ken Williams said on Monday. "The reason why Stewart's pitching tonight, for instance, is so we can continue that and we're not taxing them. We may see them go into the 117-120 pitch count from time to time, a few extra than we normally would if they were on an everyday five-day rotation. However, because we're giving them six and seven days sometimes, we can do that.

"In the second half of the season, we'll go to a more conventional five-day rotation where we're really trying to grind it out."

• Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome went 1-for-2 on Monday night in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. He has been on the disabled list since June 7 (retroactive to June 4) with a strained right oblique.

Worth noting
• The Cubs' 12 runs on Monday were twice as many as they totaled in three games against the White Sox earlier this year.

• Gordon Beckham has hit safely in 11 straight games against the Cubs after going 1-for-3 on Monday. Beckham is a career .348 hitter against the Cubs Comments