High strikeout numbers result in big donation by Peavy

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High strikeout numbers result in big donation by Peavy

NEW YORK --- Saturdays effort to raise money for pancreatic cancer research resulted in 24,100, White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy confirmed on Sunday.

Peavy announced late Friday he planned to further honor late friend and Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, who passed away last Sunday after a 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer, by donating 100 for every strikeout in the majors on Saturday.

Peavy struck out 11 to match New York Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda in a 4-0 loss. The two teams struck out a combined 24 times and there were 241 strikeouts throughout the majors on Saturday. Peavy also previously raised 52,000 in a raffle last month and plans to match that amount. He also said he hopes to start a scholarship in Akerfelds name.

I dont want to overhype anything. Its all about what hes done, Peavy said. Its going to be rough going to his services. AK was a good man and Im just trying to honor him.

Peavy also noted the two games with the most strikeouts in the majors were the White Sox and Yankees and the Padres and Colorado Rockies (21).

Isnt that cool? Peavy said.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

Rick Hahn: White Sox 'still thoroughly, deeply engaged' in trade talks as meetings close

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.

Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.

Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”

Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.