Friday, March 4, 2011
By Brett Ballantini
TEMPE - Jake Peavy breezed through his first inning of spring training here, throwing a scoreless first inning.
Peavy struck out Los Angeles Angels leadoff hitter Maicer Izturis on four pitches, then worked Bobby Abreu to a full count before walking him. With a 1-0 count on Torii Hunter, Peavy coaxed a 4-6-3 double play from the Angels right fielder.
In all, Peavy threw just 12 pitches in the first and appeared to be pitching smoothly.
With the hitless, scoreless inning, White Sox starters have now combined to toss a no-hitter to begin the Cactus League season.
Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.
CSN's coverage of the Charlotte Knights continues on Saturday night as the Knights will host the Buffalo Bisons at 6 p.m. on CSN+.
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White Sox No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada, who landed on the 7-day DL on May 18, is eligible to make his return to the Knights lineup this weekend.
It's the fourth of eight games that CSN will televise over the next two months to give fans an opportunity to watch the future of the White Sox.
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Before the White Sox postponed Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader, the organization traded veteran utilityman Ryan Raburn to the Washington Nationals.
Raburn. 36, signed with the White Sox as a free agent in the second week of April.
The White Sox will receive either cash or a player to be named.
Raburn has not played in the majors this season, appearing in 27 games with Triple-A Charlotte and hitting .277 with a .419 on-base percentage and .853 OPS.
He's an 11-year MLB veteran with 91 career homers and a .753 OPS throughout stops such as the Detroit Tigers (2004-12), Cleveland Indians (2013-15) and Colorado Rockies (2016).
The right-handed hitting Raburn has been a platoon player for much of his career, compiling an .827 OPS against left-handed pitching compared to a .685 OPS against righties.
Raburn has appeared in at least 19 games at seven different positions on the field (first base, second base, third base, all three outfield spots and DH) and has even pitched twice.