From the start, it's been an eventful spring for Jake Peavy -- and not in the way he would preferred.

First, there was some inflammaiton in his right ring finger, discovered upon his arrival, which slowed him from the start of his throwing program.

Next came the infamous fishing knife accident in which Peavy sliced open a sizable cut in his left index finger, futher disrupting his spring.

So it was some relief that Peavy took the mound Thursday afternoon and achieved a sense of normalcy.

"It was nice to get out there for the first time,'' said Peavy, who tossed three innings plus a batter and allowed a run on two hits and two walks in the Red Sox' 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins, "in a game-like atmosphere and be able to use all your pitches and kind of take that next step. It was nice to ramp up the intensity a little bit more than it had been.''

"He was good,'' declared catcher A.J. Pierzynski. "First time out, he gave us three-plus innings. He threw a lot of strikes. He battled - he did what Jake normally does. He went out and gave us a chance to win.''

"Given that it's his first outing in this setting,'' added John Farrell, "I thought he threw the ball very well. He got out of a first-and-third, one-out situation (in the first). It was good to see him get challenged and the way he used his stuff. He was efficient -- overall, a very good day for him.''

Peavy threw all of his pitches -- fastball, curve, slider, changeup and introduced a split-finger fastball, which he's been experimenting with this spring.