GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The ongoing debate, which rages in the corner of the clubhouse where Jake Peavy and Adam Dunn reside about whom is better, added a new layer on Friday.
Forced by poor weather to pitch on a simulated game at Camelback Ranch instead of in the exhibition game against the San Diego Padres, Peavy wanted to ensure a lack of adrenaline wouldn’t be an issue.
The best solution, both men decided, was if Dunn participated.
What ensued was a back and forth exchange of friendly stares, loud curses and other forms of showmanship. Dunn even squared around to bunt in Peavy’s fourth and final inning. But an at-bat sure to be debated for some time is what appeared to be a long fly ball Dunn hit to center in the second inning only to have it blown back to shallow center field.
“In real life that’s a homer,” Dunn said afterward. “(The wind) is why he picked that field, ain’t no doubt.”
Facing his good friend was sure to bring the best out of Peavy, who yelled and grunted much like his normal self in a 60-pitch effort.
Peavy, who will pitch to minor-leaguers on March 13 instead of the Cleveland Indians, said he accomplished all he wanted to even though the only participants on the field were the pitcher, catcher and hitter.
“I wanted him out there simply because that competitive drive is in us both,” Peavy said. “We love each other, but at the same time, I wanted to get him out and he wanted to get a hit and hit a homer off me. So that competitiveness is what you need in those situations like that, so that was a good way to create that.”
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Friday was actually the third time the two have faced off this spring.
Peavy claimed afterward Dunn has homered off him once -- a grand slam.
But a closer look at the numbers revealed the left-hander has two homers in 28 at-bats. Peavy, however, is willing to take the overall body of work as Dunn has five hits against the right-hander, good for a .179 average and 10 strikeouts.
As for Friday’s disputed shot?
“No, that was not a homer today,” Peavy said. “Without the wind, that ball would have landed at deep short.”
Crain gets closer
Jesse Crain hopes he’ll throw in the bullpen again on Sunday or Monday after a 10-minute session on Thursday. Crain, who is out with a strained abductor (hip), said he threw at 70 percent in his first action since Saturday. The right-hander had to skip the World Baseball Classic because of the injury but has been able to participate in most drills.
“Hopefully (next time) it’ll be where I don’t think about it and when I don’t think about it, that’s when it’s ready,” Crain said.
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The White Sox and Padres regularly scheduled game was called after three innings because of rain. The White Sox led 4-1 at the time but all stats are wiped out. Prior to the game, pitching coach Don Cooper said any pitchers affected by the game would be pushed back to Saturday. Closer Addison Reed was set to pitch the fourth inning on Friday but never got a chance as the game was called before the inning began.
Minor-league prospect Andre Rienzo returned to the White Sox from Japan and the WBC on Friday. He pitched for Brazil in their second game against Cuba. Rienzo took the loss but limited Cuba to a hit, two runs and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out two.
Brazil finished 0-3 in WBC pool play.
“It was short but fun,” Rienzo said.
Left-handed pitcher Leyson Septimo won’t pitch until Monday with an undisclosed injury, Cooper said. Septimo left in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game in Mesa with an apparent arm injury.