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Peavy finally will take mound for White Sox

Jake Peavy is set to make his first start for the Chicago White Sox.

The team announced Tuesday that the former Cy Young winner will start Saturday at home against the Kansas City Royals. It will be Peavy’s first start for the White Sox since they acquired the right-hander from the San Diego Padres at the trading deadline, a deal that cost them four minor leaguers.

Peavy has not pitched since injuring his right ankle in June. Peavy also was hurt during a minor-league rehab assignment when he was hit on the elbow with a batted ball, delaying his White Sox debut.

“I don’t expect to be 100 percent,” said Peavy, who was 6-6 with a 3.97 ERA in San Diego. “I’m not. I’m excited about getting out there and competing.”

In four starts with Triple-A Charlotte, Peavy was 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA.

“This is what we’ve been looking for for a long time,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Since he got hit with the ball, it’s been two (more) weeks since he was supposed to be on the mound. It’s going to be interesting. I think it will be exciting.”

Yanks to open 2010 in Boston

The Yankees will open and close the 2010 season against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the first time in 60 years that the rivals will start and finish the season in Boston.

Most openers are set for April 5, Major League Baseball said Tuesday. The Yankees have opened and closed the season against the Red Sox five times since 1960, but the only times they both started and finished in Boston were in 1938 and 1950.

It seems likely that ESPN will shift the Yankees and Red Sox for the Sunday night game April 4.

Harwell to be honored

The Detroit Tigers will honor former broadcaster Ernie Harwell today at Comerica Park.

Harwell, 91, is expected to address the team before its game against Kansas City and watch it from team owner Mike Ilitch’s suite. A video tribute will be shown.

Harwell recently announced he has inoperable cancer. The NFL’s Detroit Lions also will honor the Hall of Famer on Sunday during their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Around the horn

Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordoñez’s fifth-inning at-bat Tuesday was his 1,080th plate appearance of the past two seasons, triggering an $18 million contract option for 2010. … Andy Pettitte’s turn in the Yankees’ rotation will be skipped because the left-hander has a tired pitching shoulder. He had been scheduled to start today. … Oft-injured Houston Astros pitcher Mike Hampton underwent surgery for a torn left rotator cuff and other damage in his shoulder that will sideline him for the 2010 season. … Top draft pick Stephen Strasburg will report to the Washington Nationals’ training complex Friday.

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