Jake Peavy: I’ll stay with White Sox in ’13 if they’ll let me
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org July 10, 2012 10:40PM
The Braves’ Chipper Jones laughs after singling off the White Sox’ Chris Sale in the sixth inning in his final All-Star Game. The 40-year-old is retiring at the end of the season. | Charlie Neibergall~AP
HOW CUBS/WHITE SOX FARED
1B Paul Konerko – Was hit by a pitch from R.A. Dickey in the sixth inning, his only plate appearance.
DH Adam Dunn – Did not play.
RHP Jake Peavy – Did not pitch.
LHP Chris Sale – Pitched a scoreless inning, in which he gave up two hits, including a single to his childhood idol, Chipper Jones.
SS Starlin Castro – Pinch-hit for Rafael Furcal in the eighth inning, popping out to center field in his only at-bat.
1B Bryan LaHair – Entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh and grounded out to short in his only at-bat.
ALL-STAR GAME SCORING
Gonzalez struck out. Cabrera singled. Braun doubled, Cabrera scored. Votto struck out. Beltran walked. Posey walked, Braun to third, Beltran to second. Sandoval tripled, Braun, Beltran and Posey scored. Uggla singled, Sandoval scored. Five runs. National 5, American 0.
Sandoval flied out. Uggla flied out. Furcal tripled. Holliday singled, Furcal scored. Cabrera homered, Holliday scored. Three runs. National 8, American 0.
Updated: August 12, 2012 6:43AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At least publicly, White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy had remained vague about where he’d like to play next season, but that changed before the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
So has his heart.
‘‘I do love Chicago, and when the time comes and we do have that conversation . . . with [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and with the rest of the staff, I will let them know that I want to stay if I can stay. I would love to end my career right here. We’ll see.’’
That was a 180 from spring training and even the first few months of the regular season, when Peavy was privately questioning the benefits of staying in a city where so many bad things seemed to follow him since he joined the Sox in 2009.
If he is to remain with the Sox, he would have to be willing to rip up his existing contract because of the $22 million club option he has for 2013. The Sox aren’t paying that for Peavy or any one player.
NL wins laugher
There’s a reason Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander stays away from trying to hit triple digits on the radar gun in the first inning. That became evident in the 83rd All-Star Game, won 8-0 by the National League in a laugher.
Verlander, the American League starter, allowed five runs and four hits in one inning, taking the loss and giving the NL home-field advantage in the World Series for the third consecutive season.
The San Francisco Giants’ Melky Cabrera, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth off the Texas Rangers’ Matt Harrison, was the MVP. Giants teammate Matt Cain was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit in two innings as the NL starter, and Pablo Sandoval, another Giant, was the cause of much of Verlander’s unraveling with a three-run triple.
‘‘I was able to laugh about it right away,’’ Verlander said. ‘‘Obviously, you don’t want to go out like that, but, hey, I had fun. That’s why I don’t try to throw 100 [mph] in the first inning. It usually doesn’t work out for me.
‘‘I know this game means something, but we’re here for the fans, and I know the fans don’t want to see me throw 90 and hit the corners.’’
Business of baseball
Besides the change in the interleague schedule for next season, other issues discussed during the Q&A with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday included the idea that MLB could start in-season testing for human growth hormone by next season.
Players were given blood tests for HGH during spring training as part of the labor contract agreed upon in November. They also can be tested for reasonable cause.
†Both players union chief Michael Weiner and commissioner Bud Selig expressed disappointed with the booing directed at the New York Yankees’ Robinson Cano during the Home Run Derby, and they could look to change the format of the contest moving forward.