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Sox view .500 as just a starting point

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ANAHEIM -- After falling to a season-worst six games under .500, the White Sox are making a run back to the break-even point. That .500 mark is just a starting stage, according to Jake Peavy, who takes the mound in Sunday's series finale here.

"We have a long way to go to be who we want to be," Peavy said. "But it's nice to get things started in the right direction."

Peavy believes that the White Sox were never as bad as portrayed through the first six weeks, despite what the record and, at times, the on-field play was showing.

"People just acted like we were the worst team in the world and we were in every one of those games," Peavy said. "We just couldn't make a play or make a pitch or catch the ball. We were always just on the wrong end of things.

"You believe in your talent and you believe that we were good enough to clean up the small things that we felt were costing us games. We didn't hit that much. When you don't score many runs, you look flat. You get talked about without a whole lot of energy. We just collectively kind of went through a slump."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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