Dunn, Peavy happy to not participate

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Dunn, Peavy happy to not participate

KANSAS CITY -- Jake Peavy and Adam Dunn didnt show the slightest hint of disappointment even though neither player appeared in Tuesday nights All-Star Game.

Both White Sox veterans were instead elated.

Aside from the final score -- the National League topped the American League 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium -- everything went according to plan for Peavy and Dunn, who preferred to rest rather than play in the exhibition.

Peavy, who arrived in town late Monday night after he attended the funeral of friend Darrel Akerfelds, is set to start here on Saturday night against the Kansas City Royals.

Prior to the game, Peavy, who was added to the All-Star roster on Sunday, spoke with Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux about pitching only in an emergency.

Thats the way we hoped it would work out, Peavy said. Im healthy. Im fine. But being a late add, my preparation, my mindset, to come here, I just wasnt in that mindset. Obviously a long day yesterday. I did get something throwing in and Im excited to go Saturday night.

In the days leading up to the game, Dunn made it clear he would enjoy the exhibition, but also try to rest as much as possible. He promised he wouldnt exert himself in batting practice, nor would he participate in the Home Run Derby in hopes of replenishing his body for the second half.

But Dunn took it a step further Tuesday. One of seven players not used in the contest, Dunn didnt push Texas manager Ron Washington for an at-bat late in the game.

I didnt even bring my bats down, Dunn said. I really could care less. I know it sounds bad. But I know four days will help me and I dont want to go do something stupid. It worked out good. I had fun, great time. Enjoyed it. Wash is awesome.

Peavy last pitched on Friday against Toronto. Hell be working on seven days rest when he pitches against the Royals.

Peavy is 20-9 with a 3.10 ERA in 37 starts when he pitches on six days of rest or more, according to baseball-reference.com.

Preview: White Sox open series with Royals Monday on CSN

Preview: White Sox open series with Royals Monday on CSN

The White Sox open a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Jason Vargas (3-0, 0.44 ERA) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (2-0, 2.84 ERA)

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White Sox snap skid by forcing, capitalizing on Indians' mistakes

White Sox snap skid by forcing, capitalizing on Indians' mistakes

White Sox force, capitalize on Indians' mistakes 

The White Sox haven't had many opportunities to capitalize on mistakes from their opponents lately because they haven't been in a position to force them. 

But in their 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox put the pressure on the defending American League champions and reaped the results. 

Two plays stand out, both of which came in the sixth inning. After Omar Narvaez drew a leadoff walk, Jacob May put down a well-placed sacrifice bunt between the pitcher's mound and first base line. Indians first baseman Carlos Santana charged in and turned to underhand a toss to second baseman Michael Martinez, who was covering first. 

But the speedy May was hustling down the line, which forced Martinez to awkwardly stretch for the ball. He dropped it, allowing May to reach. 

"Anytime you you have players that are forcing defenses to complete plays you can put them in an awkward position," manager Rick Renteria said. "I don't know that that led to that in particular but he busted his rear end down the line."

That error paid off for the White Sox three batters later — after Tim Anderson and Tyler Saladino struck out — when Melky Cabrera singled to left. Narvaez was aggressively waved home by third base coach Nick Capra (a common practice with two out) but looked to be easily out at the plate on Brandon Guyer's throw. Again, though, forcing the issue paid off: Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez dropped Guyer's throw, allowing Narvaez to score. 

"That's kind of what we've been stressing in spring, play with your hair on fire," Anderson said. "That's definitely something that we've been working on and that's something we can control, that energy level and the way we hustle."

The White Sox were sparked by a three-run first inning, which ended a stretch of 23 consecutive innings without scoring a run. Anderson began with a double off Indians starter Danny Salazar and, after Saladino singled, scored on Cabrera's sacrifice fly. 

Jose Abreu followed with a line drive to right, which fell in front of outfielder Abraham Almonte and skipped past him for a two-base error, allowing Saladino to score. Leury Garcia later delivered a two-out single to score Abreu. 

"Everybody knows how good this Cleveland pitchers are, especially the first two games with (Carlos) Carrasco and (Corey) Kluber," Abreu said through an interpreter. "Our offense was silent. But today we had more life against Salazar. We know him and we did our job."

The White Sox cruised behind that three-run first inning and a solid start from left-hander Derek Holland, who allowed one run over six innings. Holland's only mistake was a third inning hanging curveball to Francisco Lindor, who launched it for a solo home run. But he came back two innings later and struck out Lindor with the bases loaded on another curveball, ending Cleveland's best scoring threat of the game. 

"Just because something happens you got to turn the page and not worry about those kind of things, and get ready for the next one," Holland said. "He may have got me that first time but I got him the second time. So those are the kind of things, you never let something take you away from your game."