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High strikeout numbers result in big donation by Peavy

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High strikeout numbers result in big donation by Peavy

NEW YORK --- Saturdays effort to raise money for pancreatic cancer research resulted in 24,100, White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy confirmed on Sunday.

Peavy announced late Friday he planned to further honor late friend and Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds, who passed away last Sunday after a 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer, by donating 100 for every strikeout in the majors on Saturday.

Peavy struck out 11 to match New York Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda in a 4-0 loss. The two teams struck out a combined 24 times and there were 241 strikeouts throughout the majors on Saturday. Peavy also previously raised 52,000 in a raffle last month and plans to match that amount. He also said he hopes to start a scholarship in Akerfelds name.

I dont want to overhype anything. Its all about what hes done, Peavy said. Its going to be rough going to his services. AK was a good man and Im just trying to honor him.

Peavy also noted the two games with the most strikeouts in the majors were the White Sox and Yankees and the Padres and Colorado Rockies (21).

Isnt that cool? Peavy said.

Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

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Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

In another example of how amazing Danny Farquhar’s recovery has been, the pitcher will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox game on June 1.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during the sixth inning of the team’s April 20 game against the Houston Astros. But his recovery has been astounding, and he was discharged from the hospital on May 7. Farquhar’s neurosurgeon expects him to be able to pitch again in future seasons.

Farquhar has been back to visit his teammates at Guaranteed Rate Field a couple times since leaving the hospital. June 1 will mark his return to a big league mound, even if it’s only for a ceremonial first pitch with his wife and three children. Doctors, nurses and staff from RUSH University Medical Center will be on hand for Farquhar’s pitch on June 1.

The White Sox announced that in celebration of Farquhar’s recovery, they will donate proceeds from all fundraising efforts on June 1 to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an organization committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the shocking news that Welington Castillo has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enchancing drug, putting the White Sox catching position in quite the precarious position.  You’ll hear reaction from Rick Hahn and Ricky Renteria, Castillo’s apology, the options the White Sox have at catcher both inside and outside the organization, and what it means not only for Castillo’s future with the White Sox but what the team might do at catcher going forward.