Jake Peavy is in need of a win. He was in need of one with the Red Sox, and he's still in need of one three starts into his Giants career.
Peavy's teams have lost his last 12 starts -- the record is 19, held by Chris Capuano (2007-10), according to STATS Inc. Among former Cy Young winners, Peavy is third on the list. David Cone's Yankees lost 13 straight starts of his in 2000, and the Red Sox lost 16 consecutive Jim Lonborg starts in 1969.
Peavy is 0-3 with the Giants since his July trade from the Red Sox, and he'll be looking for his first win since April 25 when he takes on one of his former teams, the White Sox, on Wednesday.
"I've got to do more," Peavy said after his last start, during which he gave up nine hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss at Milwaukee.
Peavy has made just two career starts against his former team, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He faced the White Sox earlier this season with Boston, allowing one run in six innings in a losing effort on April 15.
There will be one key difference for Peavy this time around. The right-hander changed his number from 43 to 22 -- half of his customary No. 44, which is retired by the Giants in honor of Willie McCovey. Maybe the change in number will result in a change of luck.
For the White Sox, left-hander Jose Quintana will get the call.
Quintana is 6-8 with a 3.04 ERA, and he's allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts.
Quintana pitched well in his last start, but he took a loss thanks to a four-run Mariners fifth inning, in which he allowed two unearned runs.
"Q is pitching great and then walk, error and homer does him in," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said after the loss.
White Sox: Lindstrom returns to middle relief
Nearly three months after ankle surgery, Matt Lindstrom is off the disabled list and back in the White Sox bullpen. He won't be assuming his old role, though.
Ventura wouldn't commit to an exact role for Lindstrom, but he said the right-hander will be used anywhere between the sixth and eighth innings, not as the team's closer. That role still belongs to Jake Petricka, owner of a 2.30 ERA in 58 2/3 innings this season.
Still, Lindstrom will be a welcome addition to a unit that has struggled this season.
"You're getting back a guy you're more comfortable with," Ventura said before Tuesday night's 3-2, 10-inning victory against the Giants. "He was throwing the ball well enough down there [at Triple-A Charlotte] that we felt he was ready."
Lindstrom made five appearances in testing the surgically repaired tendon sheath in his left ankle that has had him sidelined since May 19, and that was enough to convince the White Sox he's ready to return.
"I put a lot of work in to get back to this point; I'm ready to go," an excited Lindstrom said Tuesday.
Giants: Fans support Pence with signs
The Hunter Pence sign craze continued Tuesday, with fans toting humorous, ironic or enigmatic declarations scrawled on cardboard about their beloved Giants right fielder.
Because the fad started in New York during the team's recent three-city trip, this marked the home fans' first chance to join the Pence phenomenon.
Pence himself perpetuated the trend by posing with right-hander Tim Hudson in the Giants clubhouse before the game against the White Sox. The sign they clutched read, "Hunter Pence plays fantasy football with Tim Hudson!!!" The photo received plenty of exposure on Twitter.
Signs brought by fans included, "Hunter Pence knows Victoria's Secret" and "Hunter Pence gives king size bars for Halloween." Away from AT&T Park, SB Nation tweeted a photo of former Major League slugger Jose Canseco holding a piece of paper reading, "Hunter Pence loves Jose Canseco."
• This is only the second trip to AT&T Park for the White Sox. They're 4-0 at the ballpark after Tuesday's win.
• Giants starter Matt Cain will require three months of rehabilitation following surgery on his right elbow, manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday.