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PEAVY REMAINS HOPEFUL OF RETURN

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CHICAGO - Jake Peavy had a bullpen session Sunday and said he still hopes to pitch for the White Sox this season.

Peavy was acquired from San Diego at the July 31 trade deadline. The righty has been on the DL since June 13 with a strained tendon in his right ankle and was struck on his pitching elbow during a rehab game Aug. 24.

The 2007 Cy Young winner tossed 50 to 60 pitches during the bullpen session.

"Getting better," Peavy said. "I'd be lying if I told you I was out there completely normal, but nothing crazy. I'm able to get some extension."

Peavy said it was much improved from his last rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 29, when he had to leave after 31/3 innings because of elbow tightness.

He said he was able to throw all of his pitches during Sunday's session, even if he didn't turn it up all the way.

"Hopefully, we're on the right track now without any setbacks," he said.

"As crazy as this has been, who knows? I certainly would love to pitch soon."

Peavy said he probably will throw another bullpen session in a couple of days and go from there.

Brewers turn three

MILWAUKEE - The Brewers turned a triple play Sunday against the Giants.

With Randy Winn on second and Ryan Garko on first in the sixth inning, Brewers 3B Casey McGehee fielded a sharp grounder by Aaron Rowand right on the bag.

McGehee touched third and threw to 2B Felipe Lopez for the force. Lopez's relay to Prince Fielder beat Rowand by a step for the triple play.

"I knew we were going to have a chance," McGehee said. "I was just hoping I wouldn't bounce it to Felipe. I knew we were going to have to hurry. I didn't give him the best feed in the world, but he did a good job of turning it."

It was the Brewers' first triple play since April 16, 1999, against the Cubs and fifth overall.

San Francisco last hit into a triple play Aug. 5, 1998, when J.T. Snow did it against the Mets.

"I knew what was going on," Rowand said. "He was just playing right there and got a nice candy hop right on the bag."

Braves: 3B Chipper Jones sat out with a strained oblique and lower back pain. Since his batting average reached a season-high .335 on June 9, he is hitting .232 (59-for-254) over 70 games. Manager Bobby Cox said he hopes Jones can return Tuesday. Meanwhile, SS Yunel Escobar, whose 66 RBIs are second on the team, missed his second game with a sprained right ankle. He is day to day.

Mets: RHP John Maine wants to pitch again this season. Out since June 7 with what the team has called only "right shoulder weakness," Maine was back in New York a day after throwing four scoreless innings at Class A. He said he felt no pain in the shoulder, just the general soreness that would normally follow a start. Maine said he's scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday, and manager Jerry Manuel pointed to the second game of a doubleheader Sept. 13 at Philadelphia as a possible return.

Rangers: CF Josh Hamilton returned to Texas to get more treatment for a back injury that forced him to miss the weekend series against the Orioles. The two-time All-Star was given an epidural Thursday and is scheduled to receive a second one today. Hamilton hasn't played since pinching a nerve Wednesday, and there is no timetable for his return.

Red Sox: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled for a rehab appearance at Class A on Wednesday. Matsuzaka, an 18-game winner last season, has been on the DL since June 21 with a right shoulder strain. Friday, he allowed two solo homers in 41/3 innings at Triple A.

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