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Saturday, August 31st (All times Eastern)

Chicago White Sox (56-77) at Boston Red Sox (80-56), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - John Danks (4-10, 4.15) Boston - Jake Peavy (10-5, 3.99)

(Sports Network) - Jake Peavy faces his former team on Saturday when the Boston Red Sox continue a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park.

Peavy, who went 36-29 in parts of five seasons for the White Sox before being shipped to Boston just before the trade deadline, had his best outing with the Red Sox on Sunday in Los Angeles, as he went the distance to beat the red-hot Dodgers, limiting them to one run and three hits to improve to 10-5 on the year to go along with a 3.99 ERA.

"It's satisfying anytime you win, however you can get that done," said Peavy.

The former NL Cy Young Award winner is 2-1 in five starts for Boston with a 3.31 ERA.

Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with lefty John Danks, who is 4-10 on the year with a 4.15 ERA. Danks, though, has won his last two starts and beat Texas on Sunday, holding it to a pair of runs and eight hits in six innings.

"I kept us in the ballgame," said Danks, whose effort was backed by a home run from his brother, Jordan. "It wasn't pretty. It was a battle for sure. The command was not anywhere near where I'd like it to be. I was able to make enough pitches to give us a chance. Obviously, I would like to go deeper and be a little more efficient, but sometimes that's just tough."

Danks is 3-5 in eight starts versus the Red Sox with a 4.98 ERA.

On Friday, David Ortiz registered two RBI and Ryan Dempster spun 6 1/3 solid innings to help Boston eke out a 4-3 win.

Ortiz snapped an 0-for-23 slump with a two-run single in the fourth, while Shane Victorino collected two hits, an RBI, and two runs scored for the Red Sox, who have won five of their last six games to maintain their lead atop the AL East.

"I've been doing this for a long time. You have players up here that are going to struggle longer than me. That is the way it is going to be. We all bounce back," said Ortiz.

Dempster (7-9), fresh off his five-game suspension for plunking Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five over 6 1/3 frames to earn the victory.

Koji Uehara recorded the final out of the eighth before retiring the White Sox in order in the ninth to secure his 15th save of the season.

Avisail Garcia scorched a solo homer and finished with two runs scored, while Dayan Viciedo added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Chicago, which lost for only the second time in its last six games.

Hector Santiago (4-8) failed to make it out of the fourth and was tagged for all four runs on five hits and as many walks over 3 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.

"We're going to keep battling. We had some opportunities early and couldn't get anything out of it. They just kept scratching and clawing and Hector didn't seem to be too sharp," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

The White Sox have had the slight edge in the head-to-head series. They took two out of three from Boston on May 20-22 and have gone 21-19 against the Red Sox since 2008.

08/31 10:22:58 ET

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