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Peavy mows down six over eight solid innings

If the White Sox are going to maintain their first-place standing in the American League Central, they're going to have to figure out how to beat the last-place Royals.

Kansas City has given Chicago, which leads Detroit by 1 1/2 games for the division lead, fits recently. The Royals are 16-9 in their last 25 games against their division rivals, including a 4-2 win on Friday.

Jake Peavy is scheduled to make his second start against Kansas City this month. The Royals beat him on Aug. 7, when the right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-2 decision.

Peavy has been good on the road this season, throwing two complete games in 12 outings and allowing three runs or fewer in nine starts. After battling injuries since he joined the White Sox in 2009, Peavy was a question mark heading into the season. Now that he's finally healthy, Peavy is showing why he's one of the best pitchers in the game.

A.J. Pierzynski has caught the righty since Chicago acquired him from San Diego three years ago and said his stuff has never been better.

"Not only is his stuff better but he just believes that it is going to have better results because he is healthy for the first time since he has been here," Pierzynski said. "He expects to be good and now that he is healthy, he is doing it again."

Kansas City left-hander Bruce Chen is also making his second start against the White Sox in August. Both times he's gone against Peavy.

Chen won his first game in over a month when he won in Chicago on Aug. 7, allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"I guess because they have such a good lineup, I think I concentrate and focus a little bit better because any mistake you make you can pay for it," said Chen.

White Sox: Konerko returns
The White Sox activated first baseman Paul Konerko from the seven-day disabled list on Friday as part of a slew of roster moves.

Konerko sustained a concussion on Aug. 7, when he was hit in the head by Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson's left elbow while covering first base. He started at designated hitter on Friday and went 1-for-4 with a solo homer.

Chicago also recalled left-hander Hector Santiago from Triple-A Charlotte. The club placed infielder Orlando Hudson and left-hander Leyson Septimo on the 15-day DL.

Santiago is back with the White Sox after being optioned to Charlotte on July 30. In 39 1/3 relief innings for Chicago, he has a 3.66 ERA and 43 strikeouts against 21 walks.

Hudson has a contusion in the first metatarsal joint in his left foot. His DL stint is retroactive to Thursday. Hudson left Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays after he fouled a ball off his left foot. He is hitting .182 in 36 games with Chicago.

Septimo is dealing with inflammation in his left biceps. He owns a 6.00 ERA over 12 appearances.

"I don't know how long that one is going to go," manager Robin Ventura said.

Royals: Getz fractures left thumb
Royals second baseman Chris Getz sustained a broken left thumb on Friday night, will undergo surgery on Saturday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Getz was attempting to bunt in the fifth inning when a pitch from White Sox left-hander Chris Sale struck his thumb. Getz stayed in the game and struck out but did not take the field for the sixth.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Bruce Toby at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

With Getz out, the Royals called up highly-touted prospect Johnny Giavotella, who ended last year as the club's regular second baseman. He was sent back to Triple-A Omaha and, except for a brief recall this year, has spent the season with the Storm Chasers. He was hitting .323 with 10 home runs and 71 RBIs.

Worth noting
• White Sox slugger Adam Dunn is one home run shy of No. 400 for his career.

• Royals slugger Billy Butler is 10-for-25 (.400) in his career against Peavy with three home runs and five RBIs.

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