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CWS@MIN: Peavy strikes out six over 7 strong innings

Chicago's extended stretch away from home will end in Anaheim with Sunday's series finale against the Angels.

The White Sox have played 14 road games in 19 days, and their only series at U.S. Cellular Field over that stretch was a three-game set against the Angels. Chicago has gone 8-6 on the road and 9-8 overall since April 30. Entering Sunday's finale of the four-game series, the White Sox are 3-3 against the Angels this season. They will get a nine-day stay at home before traveling across town to face the Cubs in a two-game series on May 27 and 28 once their trip out west is over.

It'll be Jake Peavy's job to finish the long stretch of road games on a positive note. He'll get the ball on Sunday after he pitched well against Minnesota in his last outing on Tuesday. Peavy lasted seven innings and allowed two runs against the Twins for his fifth straight quality start and third straight win. Peavy said the back pain he suffered from earlier this season is behind him and was an isolated incident. He's starting to find more efficiency with his outings now that he feels healthy.

"I feel good in between starts," Peavy said. "I'm able to throw bullpens on Day 2 or 3, whichever one we want to try to continue to get better and give us quality efforts."

The Angels will send left-hander Jason Vargas to the mound to try to even this series and to take the overall advantage against the White Sox for the season. Vargas has lowered his ERA by more than two runs over the last month and rebounded to pitch well against the Royals on Tuesday after the Astros tagged him for five runs on 10 hits over five innings on May 9.

He can lower his ERA under four with his start on Sunday, but for Vargas to get the win he'll need the kind of run support the Angels offered on Saturday, when they scored 12 runs against Chicago. They have struggled to provide run support for their starters recently.

"That's going to come and go during the course of a season," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Right now, in the last couple times around the rotation, we have not scored runs the way we needed to. In Chicago, we got seven one game, but as an offense some guys are kind of stuck in the mud right now. We need to get that part of our game going, too."

Angels: Hamilton's struggles
Josh Hamilton is currently hitting .214 through his first 43 games as an Angel. He was a late scratch for Saturday's game but entered as a defensive substitution in the seventh inning. Scioscia said he's a little surprised at how long its taken Hamilton to get off his rough patch.

"At times there's going to be frustration, guys taken out of the game trying to do too much," Scioscia said. "I think you can check off a number of things of why Josh is where he is right now as far as his numbers."

White Sox: Danks close to returning
What figures to be John Danks' fourth and final Minor League rehab start and third with Triple-A Charlotte ended Saturday night in Buffalo after 4 2/3 innings and 95 pitches, of which 51 were strikes.

Danks could rejoin the team as soon as next week. Danks is recovering from arthroscopic surgery that ended his season in early August last year. The most likely date for a return would be Friday against the Marlins.

Danks' return would send Hector Santiago or Dylan Axelrod back to the bullpen.

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