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Danks keeps streak going for Sox starters

John Danks set the stage for Jake Peavy to continue the streak of hitless innings. AP Photo/Morry Gash

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Spring training may be in its infant stages, but the Chicago White Sox starting pitchers are already pushing each other to the highest standards.

John Danks extended a hitless, scoreless streak to eight innings Thursday against the Seattle Mariners at the Sox' Peoria Sports Complex.

Before Danks, Gavin Floyd, Mark Buehrle and Edwin Jackson each pitched two hitless innings in spring training. Danks, who had a career-high 15 victories last season, walked two and struck out one before he was relieved by Tony Pena.

"They made sure to let me know all morning that the starters hadn't given up a hit," Danks said. "We've talked before how we push each other as a group and this is just another example of that.

"I think it helps us on the field and I think it helps us mesh as a group off the field. There's fun ribbing going on. Obviously we all want each other to do well and we understand that we all have to have good years to go to where we think we can go this year. I think that's part of it and that's going to help us ... pitch to our highest capabilities."

The spotless week sets the stage for Jake Peavy's spring debut on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. Peavy, who threw a side session on Tuesday, said he will try to go two innings in his first outing since a serious injury last July and subsequent surgery to repair on a detached muscle in the back of his throwing shoulder.

Peavy said he is shooting for an April 10 regular season return at home against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Tomorrow is going to be the biggest day of camp for us because tomorrow, the only thing I expect is that hopefully, Peavy comes out of the game healthy,” said Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.

“I don’t like to put a lot of heat on Peavey, but this is a big game for him and for us.”

Danks joked that he wouldn't want to be the one to break the streak but said Peavy is absolved from any pressure.

"No doubt. The hits thing is for fun, we're all having a good time with it," he said. "But the most important thing is a healthy Jake. For him to go out there and feel good, results don't have to be there. We just need him to feel good and healthy and come back as soon as possible. A healthy Jake, that makes a huge difference in our rotation for sure."