Peavy (8-7, 3.15 ERA) is making his second straight start against the Twins, the last coming on July 25 at home. He threw six innings of six-hit, one-run ball to earn his eighth win of the year.
"There is a difference when you get some runs," Peavy said after the game. "You can be aggressive and relax a little bit. I don't mean that in a bad way where you're not concentrating and doing your thing, but it's a different ballgame when you're pitching with a lead."
Twins starter Scott Diamond also enters the game coming off a hot start. Following a game in which he gave up a career-high 10 hits, he threw his first career complete game and earned his first shutout against Cleveland.
"He can throw his changeup over, he can throw his fastball, and the breaking ball," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Being able to do that, moving the ball in and out. He was able to set them up and push them off inside, then throw the changeup away."
Diamond (9-4, 2.88 ERA) is enjoying an excellent year and looks to keep it rolling against the White Sox, against whom he's 1-2 with a 3.71 ERA against in three career starts. Peavy, who has been just as impressive, is 3-3 with a 3.54 ERA in eight starts against Minnesota.
White Sox: Moves appreciated by the players
There weren't any down-to-the-wire deals, but the White Sox certainly managed to improve their team prior to Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. First, they added Kevin Youkilis, then they added a bullpen arm in Brett Myers, and finally what they hope will be an impact lefty in Francisco Liriano.
"Whether or not we have positioned ourselves to close this thing out or not, we've given all we have and exhausted all options in the quest to be as good as we can be," general manager Ken Williams told the media. "Hopefully that's enough and hopefully the players see that."
One player who certainly appreciated Williams' and the rest of the organization's efforts was Peavy.
"Huge props, thanks, whatever you want to say, to Kenny and the front office for getting us better in areas they deemed needed to be a little better," Peavy said. "We are excited about the position we are in. We believe the next two months that, if we go and be the players we know we can be as a unit, we'll get this thing done.
Twins: Very quiet day for Minnesota
For most teams, Trade Deadline day is usually one of the more hectic of the season. Behind closed doors, that was probably the case for Minnesota. But Tuesday the team did not make much noise.
Denard Span's name was thrown around, as was Justin Morneau's. But general manager Terry Ryan couldn't find a deal good enough to pull the trigger. Therefore, he felt fine opting to sit tight.
"I'd be more disappointed if we made a bad trade," Ryan said. "I wouldn't want to do that, either, just to make a trade, I don't think that's right."
For Span, it was the second year in a row undergoing a crazy day. It had been reported Span rejected a trade to Cincinnati, which he later said was ridiculous.
"I don't have a no-trade clause," Span said. "It's just crazy, man. This is the second year in a row I've had to sweat this thing out to the last minute with something bogus happening."