White Sox’ Jake Peavy trails Rangers’ Yu Darvish in Final Vote
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 3, 2012 10:24PM
Adam Dunn celebrates with teammates after hitting his 25th home run of the season in the first inning. It was a solo blast. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
RANGERS AT SOX
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The pitchers: Scott Feldman (2-6, 6.13 ERA) vs. Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 4.50).
Updated: August 5, 2012 6:28AM
Jake Peavy is a close second behind Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish in the Final Vote balloting for a spot on the American League All-Star team.
‘‘Win, lose or draw, I can’t thank enough the city, the people all over the country who showed their love and support,’’ said Peavy (6-5), who has a 2.96 ERA in 1122/3 innings and easily could have nine or 10 victories with better run support. ‘‘It really means a lot to me after what I’ve been through here.’’
Peavy is healthy for the first time after he had a torn lat muscle surgically reattached in July 2010. Balloting ends at 3 p.m. Thursday. The White Sox are promoting a TakeJake campaign. Vote totals aren’t released, but Major League Baseball said Peavy trailed Darvish by ‘‘a slim margin.’’
Peavy emphasized that he would love to make his third All-Star appearance, but ‘‘there would be nothing more gratifying if I got to start one of the first couple of games in the playoffs, and we could advance and do what the boys did in 2005.’’
Adam Dunn, who made the All-Star team, said Peavy deserves the nod and would get his vote for Comeback Player of the Year.
‘‘There’s no doubt,’’ Dunn said. ‘‘Mine [poor 2011], I have no excuses. He does. Coming back from something nobody has ever had before and doing what he’s doing, that is impressive.’’
A.J. turns page
A.J. Pierzynski and Rangers manager Ron Washington, who left Pierzynski off the All-Star team but stood his ground on his choices, moved on after the selection process Sunday. Pierzynski’s offensive numbers were worthy, but on Tuesday he said, ‘‘I’m kind of over the whole All-Star thing.’’
Right-hander Jesse Crain didn’t have the side session he was hoping for Tuesday and likely will go on the disabled list with a sore shoulder.
‘‘Same thing,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘He throws, and it doesn’t feel quite right. So we’ll see.’’
† John Danks, who took cortisone shots for his ailing left shoulder last weekend and had a diagnostic ultrasound Monday, played catch in the outfield. Danks said he was a little sore but feeling better.
† Philip Humber (strained flexor tendon in right elbow), who threw fastballs and changeups only in his 52-pitch rehab outing Sunday for Class AAA Charlotte, threw off a mound Tuesday and will have another rehab start Saturday.
‘‘I haven’t felt [discomfort], so — knock on wood — it’s gone, and we’re moving up from here,’’ Humber said.