Jake Peavy: 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 SO as the White Sox beat Cleveland 8-1. On the season, Peavy now has a 1.29 ERA (1.94 FIP, for the sabermetrically-inclined) with 44 strikeouts, seven walks and two home runs allowed in 52 13 innings. What he's done has been nothing short of incredible.
Like Peavy, Adam Dunn has rebounded into form -- he went 1-4 with a home run, his 10th, with a walk on Wednesday to raise his season slash line to .243.385.586. His next home run will equal his 2011 total, and he didn't reach double-digit dingers until late July of last season. Bill Melton discussed what Dunn's doing right on White Sox Postgame Live:
But not everything was peachy for the Sox on Wednesday, as before the game it was reported Chris Sale will have an MRI on his left elbow on Thursday in Chicago. After the results are in, the Sox brass will convene to discuss Sale's future, which apparently could lead him back into the starting rotation. Here's what we know about Sale heading into the next few days, after which we should have an answer about his immediate future with the club. And here's what Robin Ventura had to say prior to Wednesday's game:
Around the division: When Kansas City comes to town this weekend they'll bring the hardest-throwing pitcher in the majors, Bruce Chen allowed three runs in 6 23 innings as the Royals beat Boston, Minnesota sent third baseman Danny Valencia to Triple-A and moved Francisco Liriano to the bullpen while Detroit's offense fell silent in a 2-1 loss to Seattle.