GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jake Peavy was roughed up again in his second spring start for the Chicago White Sox. He even crossed up a sign with catcher Tyler Flowers on a pitch that Brandon Allen hit for a two-run single.At least his confidence is still intact."No doubt in my mind that if I'm healthy I will get people out," he said. "There is no chance I will give that up after a rough spring training start."Peavy left with one out in the third and was charged with six runs and eight hits in a 9-4 to the Oakland Athletics on Monday."It's early. I've got five, six more of these to get better," he said. "We all have to get better. I certainly will. You want results, you don't want to walk out there and give up runs and hits."Peavy made his spring debut against Milwaukee on Wednesday and surrendered three runs and four hits over two innings in a 10-6 loss. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner threw more breaking balls in this outing."I threw a lot of breaking balls, some good and some not so good," he said. "Just had a hard time commanding the outer half of the plate."Peavy said he has to work on his tempo. Injuries limited him to 19 games last season.Collin Cowgill went 3 for 3 with three RBIs for Oakland, which finished with 15 hits. Tyson Ross allowed three hits in three scoreless innings.A's slugger Daric Barton went 0 for 3 with two walks in his first spring game. Barton, who batted second and served as the designated hitter, is coming back from surgery in September for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The first baseman has yet to make throws in a game."The velocity in his swings I think is better," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "I think the surgery has really helped him. It's going to take time to get your timing. This is his first time in games other than some swings yesterday, so it will take some time, but he got five at-bats today."Ross, one of five contenders for three spots in Oakland's rotation, struck out two and walked two."I went out there and put up some zeros. In the end, that's always the most important thing," Ross said. "My control wasn't as great as I want it to be at. Just looking at the positives, I went out there three times, hit my pitch limit and was able to pitch out of some jams and ultimately get some ground balls and prevent runs."Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza had two hits apiece for Chicago.NOTES: Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes was off Monday but is expected to play Tuesday. Manny Ramirez is expected to be the DH against the Milwaukee Brewers. . White Sox 1B Paul Konerko was back in the lineup after fouling a pitch off his knee Saturday. . The White Sox announced outfield prospect Brandon Short, a non-roster invitee to spring training, underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder and torn left labrum injured on Thursday. He is expected to miss the season. . Melvin said Travis Schlichting has been impressive. He got the save by throwing 2 1-3 scoreless innings. His ERA is 2.84. .White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he would like to see Dan Johnson at third base. He's a candidate for a bench spot. ... Peavy and the White Sox invited 13 wounded war veterans to spring training on Monday.
That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.
Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.
“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.
“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.
“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”
Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.
Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.
“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”
In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.
As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.
Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.
After taking batting practice for the first time with the White Sox, number-one pick Jake Burger sat down with Chuck Garfien to talk about getting drafted by his favorite team, what it was like getting a phone call from Paul Konerko, why he wants to be a leader like Jonathan Toews, playing on Team USA with Seth Beer and more.
Then CSN's Dan Hayes joins Garfien to discuss the return of Carlos Rodon, when the White Sox might start making trades, and Rick Renteria's short temper with umpires.
Listen here to ketchup with top prospect Jake Burger: