Peavy wants NL to stay free of DH

Peavy wants NL to stay free of DH

April 7, 2013, 12:45 pm
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He knows the decision isn’t his to make, but Jake Peavy is opposed to the National League adopting the designated hitter.

Peavy -- who will be awarded his Rawlings Gold Glove on Sunday -- enjoys the chance to hit and also appreciates the strategy employed in the NL and how everyone on a bench is used as opposed to the American League. He’s looking forward to the chance to step into the batter’s box when the White Sox open interleague play at the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

“You watch the double switches, you watch how many players on the bench get used as opposed to here, it's pretty black and white,” Peavy said. “Very rarely do we ever pinch hit. In the National League, there are a lot of moving parts every night and the managers can really, really impact a game with what moves they make and when. The game's a little bit different.”

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Earlier this week several reports suggested the designated hitter could be adopted by the NL as soon as 2014. But White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who played in both leagues, agrees with Peavy.

“I like that it's different,” Ventura said. “There's room for both. Again, the DH has kept a lot of players that couldn't play defense that are good hitters still, they get to extend their careers. I think there's a part of the National League game, having played in the National League -- it’s fun. It's creates a different thing for bench players that wouldn't happen in the American League.”

Keppinger off Sunday

Jeff Keppinger is out of Sunday’s lineup after a 1-for-21 start to the season as Conor Gillaspie starts at third for a second straight game.

Ventura said he just wants to give Keppinger a break from this week’s strange weather conditions, which have ranged from 43 degrees on Opening Day to 32 on Friday night along with 25-mph winds on Saturday.

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Keppinger was 21-for-51 (.483) this spring.

“You want to get off to a good start, and I think you look at his track record,” Ventura said. “You kind of go from that. The way he’s swinging the bat. Again, it’s not easy to hit right now. As a player, you come in, it’s cold most of the time. Or it’s like yesterday where the wind was blowing. It’s different, so maybe going out on the road will be a good change and will help on the psyche.”

Notes

-- Ventura said he will consider using Adam Dunn in left field when the White Sox head to Washington, D.C. next week. Dunn made five appearances in left field last season.

-- The team is wearing its 1983 throwback uniforms for the first time on Sunday. Ventura said he doesn’t mind the jerseys and wouldn’t be opposed to his players wearing the 1977 shorts -- for batting practice. “You hear the guys talk about those in interviews and they say they were the most comfortable uniforms they ever worn,” Ventura said. “It does have that going for it.”

-- When he homered on a 0-2 pitch from Felix Hernandez on Saturday, outfielder Alex Rios became only the fifth player to ever accomplish the feat and the first to do so since Adrian Beltre on Sept. 18, 2011.

-- Taking matchups into consideration, Dylan Axelrod will start Thursday's game in Washington instead of Jose Quintana, who will start Friday against the Indians.