Jake Peavy vs. Justin Verlander: Tale of the tape

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Jake Peavy vs. Justin Verlander: Tale of the tape

Justin Verlander and Jake Peavy will each take the mound for their respective teams when the Chicago White Sox open a three-game weekend series against the Detroit Tigers tonight. Here's a tale of the tape on what could be quite the pitchers duel in Comerica Park this evening.
-- Each pitcher has a Cy Young Award to his name: Peavy won the award in 2007 after going 19-6 with a 2.54 ERA in 2007 with the Padres; Verlander won the award last year, going 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA
-- Peavy has pitched in three All-Star Games (2005, 2007, 2012), while Verlander has appeared in five (2007, 2009-2012)
-- Both pitchers have led their respective leagues in strikeouts twice, Verlander in 2009 and 2011; Peavy in 2005 and 2007
-- Twice Peavy has led his league in ERA (2004, 2007), while Verlander has done so once (2011).
-- Verlander was named the American League MVP in 2011, the first pitcher to do so since 1992
2012 splits
Verlander and Peavy are both having impressive regular seasons in 2012. Verlander sits at 10-5 with a 2.43 ERA, while Peavy has bounced back nicely from last season with a 7-6 record and a 3.12 ERA.
Peavy is 1-0 with a 5.15 ERA in three starts against the Tigers this year. Verlander is yet to face the White Sox.
Both pitchers were selected to the American League roster for the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City. Verlander, the team's starter, allowed five earned runs in 1.0 inning, while Peavy did not pitch.
Both pitchers have made one start since the All-Star break. Verlander threw eight shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles to pick up the win, while Peavy allowed six earned runs in a 6-3 loss to the Royals.
Career splits
Peavy made one start against the Tigers with the Padres, but became well-acquainted with Detroit shortly after his trade to the White Sox. Two of his first three starts for the White Sox came against Detroit, where Peavy threw for a combined 15 innings of shutout ball, striking out 13 while picking up wins in both starts.
For his career, Peavy holds a 3-2 record and a 4.26 ERA in eight career starts against the Tigers. He took the loss in his one start with the Padres, surrendering 5 runs (3 earned) through six innings in an 8-4 loss.
It has been a tale of two careers for Verlander, and his statistics against the White Sox are no exception. In 25 career starts, he is 12-10 with a 4.13 ERA against Chicago.
But in the past three seasons, Verlander holds a 10-1 record with a a 2.32 ERA in 11 starts against the South Siders. That stretch of play includes three All-Star games (including one start), a Cy Young Award and an American League MVP for Verlander.
The two have faced each other one time in their careers, on July 26 of last season in Chicago. Verlander picked up the win, going eight innings and allowing four runs (both two-run homers from Dunn and Konerko).
Peavy took a no-decision, allowing four earned runs in six innings before being pulled after 111 pitches. The Tigers would plate a run in the top of the 8th inning, a Wilson Betemit RBI single, off Jesse Crain to take a 5-4 lead they would not surrender. Verlander, of course, would go on to win the American League MVP that year.

Jose Abreu helps White Sox rally to tie record for April wins

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Jose Abreu helps White Sox rally to tie record for April wins

BALTIMORE -- The White Sox closed April in the most appropriate of ways -- with another heavy dose of late-inning magic.

Jose Abreu had two late RBIs, including driving in the go-ahead run in the ninth and the White Sox tied a team record for April victories with an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles in front of 29,152 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Playing without ejected manager Robin Ventura, the White Sox scored five times over the final three innings to rally for their 17 th win.

They finished the opening month with a 17-8 mark, tying the 2000, 2005 and 2006 clubs for most April wins.

An inning after his error allowed Baltimore to rally from two down, Jose Abreu provided his team with some redemption in the ninth. Abreu followed a two-out single by Adam Eaton and walk by Carlos Sanchez with an RBI single to right off Vance Worley to put the White Sox ahead for good. Nate Jones then pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win.

The White Sox have scored 49 of their 95 runs (51.6 percent) from the seventh inning on.

The offense came to life against Baltimore’s bullpen, long after starter Kevin Gausman was gone.

Brett Lawrie walked to start the seventh against Mychal Givens and stole second base. Austin Jackson singled on the 10th pitch he saw from Givens to get the White Sox within a run.

They jumped ahead in the eighth with three runs against Darren O’Day, who hadn’t allowed a run all season. Sanchez doubled to open the inning and scored on a game-tying single to right by Abreu. Todd Frazier then launched a massive 411-foot homer -- his seventh -- to center to put the White Sox up 7-5.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom of the eighth when Abreu’s two-out error extended the inning for Matt Albers, who saw his scoreless streak snapped at 33 1/3 innings. Machado reached when Abreu dropped Frazier’s throw and Albers hit Jones. The White Sox brought Zach Duke on to face Chris Davis, who doubled in the tying runs.

A find since the season began, Mat Latos wasn’t as sharp with his location on Saturday.

Location has been a necessity for Latos, who has mostly worked with his fastball sitting between 88-90 mph. Whereas he’d been able to consistently locate most of his pitches in his first four starts, Latos was off the mark and the Orioles took advantage.

Baltimore had at least two hits in four of the five innings that Latos worked, including solo homers by Pedro Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop to tie it in the fourth.  

The right-hander gave up a run in the first inning on a Mark Trumbo single but didn’t allow any more until the fourth despite giving up four hits. That’s because Adam Jones grounded into a controversial 5-4 double play in the third that resulted in the 12 th ejection of Ventura’s career. Machado, who reached on an infield single, slid late into second base and made contact with the leg of Lawrie, who never threw to first. Ventura asked for a review as Machado appeared to be in violation of the new rule regarding slides at second base. After a stoppage of at least six minutes, review officials determined that Machado didn’t interfere on the play and Jones was safe at first. Ventura immediately argued the call and loss of challenge with crew chief Gerry Davis, who ejected him.

Latos stranded two on in the fourth after yielding the solo homers and retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth. But Latos walked Matt Wieters and Alvarez doubled deep to center to put Baltimore up 4-3.

Latos, who saw his ERA increase to 1.84 from 0.74, allowed four earned runs and 11 hits in five innings.

The Orioles added a run in the sixth on Jones’ two-out RBI double off Zach Putnam.

After falling behind early, the White Sox rallied with the help of a Machado error in the third inning. Jerry Sands and Dioner Navarro started with singles. Adam Eaton then appeared to hit into a double play but Machado’s throw was wide of second, which allowed the tying run to score. Schoop then dropped Tyler Saladino’s pop up, which allowed another run as the White Sox pulled ahead 2-1.

Lawrie’s two-out solo home run -- his third of the season -- off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman put the White Sox up by two in the fourth inning. But Gausman shut down the White Sox the rest of the way, retiring the final seven men he faced after he yielded a two-out single to Sands.

Sunday on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

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Sunday on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

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Promotion affords White Sox Tommy Kahnle refresher course

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Promotion affords White Sox Tommy Kahnle refresher course

BALTIMORE -- It may only be a brief stopover, but Tommy Kahnle hopes to get the most out of his current tour with the White Sox.

Called up Thursday, the White Sox reliever could be sent back to Triple-A Charlotte as early as Sunday morning as closer David Robertson is expected to come off the bereavement list.

But Kahnle -- acquired from the Colorado Rockies in November -- not only has had a chance to show the White Sox what he has, he also is getting a quick refresher course from pitching coach Don Cooper. Cooper has worked with Kahnle to stand more upright in his delivery in hopes it will help him throw more strikes.

“It’s just stay tall on my backside because I tend to collapse a little bit and get a little erratic,” Kahnle said. “But overall, make a few adjustments and should be back on track.

“I had a few hiccups in spring and early in the season down in Triple-A. But overall I’ve been throwing well and just got to work on a few things and get better.

“Just get better and try to throw strikes. That’s always been my downfall.”

Kahnle made his 91st career appearance on Friday night. He walked two in a scoreless inning in a 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Kahnle has always had a big arm, striking out 102 in 103 innings. But he also has walked 61 batters.

Cooper likes the chance to get some in-season maintenance with any of his pitchers.

“Sure it is because you get a look at what’s going on up here,” Cooper said. “We’re trying to get him to stay tall … that’s a work in progress. It looks like he’s a little better with the slide step.”

Kahnle would like to help out a deep bullpen again before the season is out.

Robertson left the team after he pitched a scoreless inning to close out Wednesday’s victory in Toronto to attend his father-in-law’s funeral. Daniel Webb joined the team on Wednesday and struck out three in a scoreless inning on Thursday. But Webb went on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow flexor inflammation and Kahnle got the call.

“Even if it’s just a few days, it’s good to be back up here and show them what I’ve got and if they need me again I’ll be ready,” Kahnle said.