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Cooper pleased with Peavy's push to the mound


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Peavy threw 55 pitches in his final live batting-practice session Monday, preparing for Sunday's Cactus League debut against the Padres. Pitching coach Don Cooper gave the right-hander high marks for his intense work.

"In that second set [of pitches], he got after it the way I was hoping he would get after it," said Cooper. "He knows what he needs to do to be ready, and he's going to be ready.

"We've taken advantage of the extra days. He's had more sidelines and more BPs than before. Today was good because I wanted him to raise the level of intensity a little bit more. I didn't have to tell him. He did it."

Following two days off, Peavy will throw a bullpen on Thursday and then follow Chris Sale and Jose Quintana to the mound this weekend. Cooper commented that Peavy probably wanted to make more pitches and hit better spots in live BP, but Cooper's goal was to get some of that soreness out in getting him ready to start.

"So the last BP is usually, 'Let's turn it up a little bit to try to get after it a little bit closer to the game,'" Cooper said. "I don't want it to be a huge jump from BPs to sidelines, to now here's the intensity of the game. We are going to raise it there. We would rather try to get that all out there."

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