Tonight in MLB: Peavy takes on former team

Tonight in MLB: Peavy takes on former team
August 31, 2013, 10:00 am
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Jake Peavy, seen here in a start for the Red Sox, went 36-29 with a 4.00 ERA in 84 games -- 83 starts -- with the White Sox. (USA Today Images)

The Phillies made Ryne Sandberg's return to Wrigley Field a special one by storming back from five runs down to beat the Cubs on Friday, 6-5 (see story).

Here are five things you need to know about Game 2 of the Phillies' three-game set with Chicago.

Now, let's take a look at some notable MLB games to keep an eye on today:

White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.
Jake Peavy has nothing but good things to say about his time with the Chicago White Sox, but he couldn't be happier about pitching in a pennant race with the Boston Red Sox.

Facing his former team for the first time since being dealt to Boston last month, Peavy looks to win a second straight start Saturday night.

Acquired by Chicago (56-77) from San Diego during the 2009 season, Peavy (10-5, 3.99 ERA) went 36-29 with a 4.00 ERA in 84 games with 83 starts. With the team out of contention and Peavy's hefty contract in tow, Chicago shipped the right-hander to the AL East-leading Red Sox as part of a three-team trade July 30.

Following the deal, Peavy tweeted a message to White Sox fans (see full preview).

Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
There are some legitimate questions about the final three slots in the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation as September nears, but there's little doubt about the effectiveness of Clint Hurdle's top two starters.

A night after Francisco Liriano gave the Pirates a share of the NL Central's top spot, A.J. Burnett looks to continue his home dominance of the St. Louis Cardinals and lift his club to the outright lead Saturday night.

Charlie Morton's rotation spot was in jeopardy as recently as Aug. 1, Gerrit Cole is being given extra rest as his innings mount and Jeff Locke has pitched so poorly after his All-Star first half that he's been sent to Double-A while his next start is skipped.

But there's no uncertainty at the top of the Pirates' rotation. Liriano allowed two hits over eight innings Friday in beating the Cardinals (78-56) for the third time in the past 33 days as Pittsburgh (78-56) pulled even atop the NL Central with a 5-0 win (see full preview).

Indians at Tigers, 7:08 p.m.
Though a nagging injury continues to plague star Miguel Cabrera, Anibal Sanchez's recent success versus Cleveland could provide the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers with a good chance to pull further away from the second-place Indians.

With or without Cabrera, Sanchez and the Tigers look for a seventh consecutive victory over an Indians team hoping to snap a four-game slide Saturday night at Comerica Park.

Victor Martinez went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Detroit (79-56) used a four-run third to build a 7 1/2-game lead over Cleveland with Friday's 7-2 victory that was stopped after seven innings because of rain.

The immediate concern, though, was Cabrera, who was pulled for a second straight game because of irritation in his abdominal area (see full preview).