Peavy humbled by TakeJake campaign

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Peavy humbled by TakeJake campaign

Jake Peavy knows what hes up against in the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. In what can be considered a two-player race for the American League winner, its Peavy and White Sox fans against Yu Darvish, who not only draws Texas Rangers fans, but the entire nation of Japan.

Despite the White Sox impressive public relations efforts, thats a pretty daunting disadvantage to overcome before voting ends today at 3 p.m.

Its almost like going against Elvis Presley on American Idol, Peavy said Thursday before the White Sox series finale against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field. Voting against Japans biggest star, we understood what was going on.

What has been going on has been a lot of fun for Peavy, though he said being promoted as an individual makes him uncomfortable. And the White Sox have gone all out in promoting him.

From a series of videos to the takejake hashtag campaign on Twitter with matching TakeJake T-shirts to an onfield plea from Chris Sale on Wednesday, Peavy has become the center of attention on the South Side and beyond.

Its humbling, it really is, Peavy said. Its uncomfortable to ever promote yourself in anything you do, and I certainly made that clear to them from the get-go. But its been overwhelming to see the support.

The latest promotional video played on the U.S. Cellular Field videoboard prior to Wednesdays game featured Gordon Beckham impersonating Peavy. Though the voice wasnt perfect, Beckham captured many of Peavys mannerisms and catch phrases in the 2-minute video.

Peavy hadnt seen the video ahead of time, but has heard plenty about it since its airing.

Everybody I know on Twitter or who follows me has commented on Gordon, Peavy said. Everybodys having fun with it, from us to the fans to the front office.

Peavy has repeatedly said its an honor to be considered for the All-Star Game, which is Tuesday in Kansas City. If hes able to beat out Darvish it would be his third such trip to the Midsummer Classic, and first in the American League.

Just to be in consideration for the All-Star Game with all Ive been through here, it means a lot to me to ever be back in this position again.

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

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White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.