Longball dooms Peavy as Sox fall to Royals

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Longball dooms Peavy as Sox fall to Royals

KANSAS CITY --- Jake Peavy kept the White Sox close enough on Saturday night.

But the right-hander wore out his welcome and the Kansas City Royals took advantage in a 6-3 win over the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium.

Peavy allowed six runs on 12 hits --- including a career-high two home runs by Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar ---in seven-plus innings as the White Sox lost for only the third time in nine games this month. The White Sox also missed a chance to gain ground on the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers, both of whom lost.

Peavy (7-6) made his first start July 6 and wasnt at his best.

The right-hander might have been guilty of catching too much of the strike zone.

He threw strikes on 87 of 120 pitches and walked only one batter in innings. But Peavy also was in a constant struggle to pitch out of trouble.

Peavy, who saw his ERA climb from 2.85 to 3.12, couldnt avoid trouble in the eighth inning.

He began the frame with 111 pitches and trailed 4-3. But Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francouer quickly put an end to Peavys night with consecutive singles to take a 5-3 lead. The Royals added one more run to Peavys ledger when Lorenzo Cain hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Hector Santiago.

Peavy couldnt hold a 1-0 lead in the third inning as the Royals got three straight hits. Alex Gordon singled in Jarrod Dyson, who singled and stole second, and Escobar followed with a two-run homer to give Kansas City a 3-1 lead.

An inning after the White Sox tied the score the Royals regained the lead in the seventh on Escobars solo shot to left.

Peavy also stranded runners in scoring position in the second, fourth and sixth innings.

Escobars performance comes after he had three RBIs in Fridays marathon, including a two-run triple in the eighth inning off Nate Jones to give Kansas City the lead.

The White Sox grabbed a 1-0 lead against Luke Hochevar on Alejandro De Azas one-out RBI double in the third inning.

Adam Dunn later had a solo homer ---- a 451-foot shot to center ---- and Dayan Viciedo tripled in a run with two outs as the White Sox tied the score at 3 in the sixth inning.

Kevin Youkilis saw his consecutive games with an RBI streak snapped at eight.

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

The White Sox agreed to one-year contracts with five players on Friday, including a $12-million deal for Todd Frazier.

Frazier established a franchise record for home runs by a third baseman in 2016 when he blasted 40 in his first season with the White Sox. A free agent after the 2017 season, Frazier hit .225/.302/.464 in 666 plate appearances, drove in a career high 98 runs and produced 2.4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com. 

Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez is set to earn $5.9 million this season. The team also agreed to deals with relievers Dan Jennings ($1.4 million), Zach Putnam ($1.1175 million) and Jake Petricka ($825,000).

The White Sox acquired Frazier in a three-player trade from the Cincinnati Reds in December 2015. It's expected they would try to trade Frazier, who has hit 104 homers since 2014 and participated in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby three consecutive years, before the Aug 1 non-waiver trade deadline as part of the club's rebuilding efforts. 

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Gonzalez went 5-8 with a 3.73 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) after he was signed to a minor-league deal in early April. 

Jennings posted a 2.08 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. 

Putnam had a 2.30 ERA in 27 1/3 innings with 30 strikeouts before he had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. 

Petricka was limited to nine appearances before his season was ended by hip surgery.

Both Petricka and Putnam are expected to be ready for spring training.

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

It was a limited look, but Yoan Moncada made a strong first impression on the White Sox this week.

Acquired from the Boston Red Sox last month in the Chris Sale trade, Moncada arrived in Glendale, Ariz., earlier this week with the franchise hopeful he'd offer a glimpse of the skills that earned him the designation as baseball's top prospect.

Moncada didn't disappoint, either, as he had White Sox evaluators excited throughout a three-day hitters camp. Whether it's his physicality, how he carried himself or his baseball IQ, White Sox staffers couldn't have been happier about their first experience with their new prized possession.

"(Moncada) looks like a linebacker, but he moves like a wide receiver," player development director Chris Getz said. "He's got good actions. He's obviously a switch hitter. He's got power. He can hit. He's got a good smile. He seems to be enjoying himself out here, he interacts well with his teammates.

"So far it has been very impressive, and we look forward to seeing more."

Hitting coach Todd Steverson said Moncada, 21, looked every bit the part when he first observed him from across the hall at the team's facility. Steverson spoke to friends in the scouting community and wasn't the least bit surprised when he encountered the 6-foot-2, 205-pound second baseman. Moncada was just as impressive on the field with his skills and effort, Steverson said.

"This is a large specimen right here," Steverson said. "He's put together pretty well.

"On defense it looks like he has some really good hands.

"He got in the box and he hadn't swung for a while. But still, you could tell he had good hands going through the zone, has a nice approach and wants to work real hard."

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Moncada's fancy tools have been well publicized since he received a $31.5-million signing bonus from the Red Sox in March 2015.

MLB.com graded Moncada's hit tool at 60 on the 20-80 scouting scale while his base running is 65 and arm is 60. Moncada's power received a 55 grade, and his fielding is 50. Moncada received an overall grade of 65, which suggests he has the ability to be a perennial All-Star and worth 4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com.

But the White Sox weren't just impressed with Moncada's physical ability.

One of manager Rick Renteria's top objectives for the camp was to emphasize fundamentals and what's important to the team. Renteria wanted to identify specific game situations and how players are expected to handle them so they're well prepared for the future. Moncada handled that area well, too.

"Yoan is a very knowledgeable baseball player who has experience on a multitude of levels," amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler said. "In the brief time we had with him this week, he showed a tremendous ability to drive the ball the opposite way as well as drive balls to the gap and out of the ball park from both sides of the plate. That ability will help him handle and any all situations that Ricky asks him to do at the plate. Defensively his hands and feet are very good and will have no problem there. He's a bright hard-working kid that is part of a bright future for the organization."