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The Chicago White Sox had a rough year in 2013. They finished dead last in the AL Central and essentially blew up the roster when they dealt two of their best players, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios, during the season when it became clear that contending wasn’t in the realm of possibility.
The mood around the south side got a little more jovial today when it was announced that the White Sox reportedly signed 26 year old Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million deal. That contract, when signed, will become the largest initial free-agent contract given to an international player.
So just how good is Abreu? In 2010-11 he played in just 63 games due to a shoulder injury but managed to bat .453 with 33 home runs and 93 RBI’s. The year before that he hit .399 with 30 homers and 76 RBI’s. Of course those numbers could be the result of playing in the Cuban league, but when compared to other recent Cuban defectors Yeonis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig, his track record is actually better than either of those two. There is also his World Baseball Classic success, where he hit three homers and nine RBI’s, which needs to be taken into account.
Abreu will likely take over first base from Paul Konerko who will be a free agent this upcoming offseason.
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The Red Sox turn to Jake Peavy on Wednesday night, looking to increase their lead in the ALCS, but the right-hander is making moves off the field as well during Game 4.
According to the Jimmy Fund, for each strikeout he throws against the Tigers, Peavy will be donating $500 to the organization for cancer research. Peavy’s great gesture is a tribute to his late grandmother Dama...
Jake Peavy is one of the best in the business. He's a four-time All-Star; Golden Glove and Cy Young winner; has pitched the triple crown. The man is good, but in Game Four of the ALCS Wednesday night he was not good enough.
He started out throwing some of the same filthy stuff that he is known for, but it quickly went down hill.
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)This one got away early. Jake Peavy, who performed so well in the ALDS clinching game, was not able to repeat in ALCS Game 4 and the result was a series tied at 2-2. Peavy—after a 1-2-3 first inning—got wild and woolly in the second. He walked three and was almost out of the inning with just one run, but Dustin Pedroia could not turn a tailor-made double...
Once the second inning rolled around Wednesday, Game 4 of the ALCS felt like a blowout. The Tigers put together a five-run inning, then shortly thereafter they added two more, and though the Red Sox did what they could to chip away, the Tigers at no point felt threatened as they coasted to a series-evening victory. But there is one interesting quirk: while the Tigers wound up winning...
I have no idea WTF this photo is about. Someone got a little too artsy with it. But I figured trying too hard in Game 4 was a nice little segue into Jake Peavy's performance.
Before the game, Joe Buck and Tim "get off my lawn" McCarver (who also subjected viewers to the most awkwardly awful banter about Twitter and unwritten rules about golf) talked about how...
An untimely bobble by Dustin Pedroia and a pair of four-pitch walks from Jake Peavy cost the Boston Red Sox a chance to take control of the AL championship series.
Detroit scored five runs off Peavy in the pivotal second after Pedroia fumbled away his opportunity at an inning-ending double play, and the Tigers beat Boston 7-3 Wednesday night to tie the best-of-seven playoff at two...
Ah, so many things wrong with Game 4 of the ALCS, where do we begin? I for one think there’s some blame to place. So let’s place it.
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I normally stick up for Peavy, but I can’t stick up for last night. His ALDS performace led everyone to believe that he showed up for the postseason. But it’s pretty hard to watch a pitcher walk...
I wanted that one.
Having a 3-1 leg up on the Tigers and needing to win only one against Sanchez, Scherzer and Verlander sounded about right. We could do that, I figured. Especially with two of those games happening at Friendly Fenway, where the magic happens. Except when it doesn’t.
Instead, Jake Peavy picked the absolute worst moment to **** the bed, falling into an abyss in...
After a series leading 1-0 victory in game 3 of the American League Championship Series, the Boston Red Sox will look to add some more distance between themselves and the Detroit Tigers. Boston will send the 12 year veteran, Jake Peavy to the mound, while the Tigers will counter with the 29 year old sinker baller, Doug Fister. For Peavy, Game 4 marks the first Championship Series...
Jim Leyland shook up the lineup. The Detroit Tigers broke out the bats.
Cause-effect? Or coincidence? The Tigers and their fans don't care. All they know is that the American League Championship Series is now tied at two games apiece.
And the Tigers have their best three pitchers lined up for the next three games.
Austin Jackson reached base four times and the Tigers scored...
Sure the Red Sox are batting .133 (12-for-90) in the ALCS.
Sure they only have two runs and six hits off Tigers starting pitchers (21.0 innings pitched).
Sure they have struck out 43 times in 90 at-bats.
But all that matters at this point is one stat: 2-1. That’s the series lead held by the Boston Red Sox.
They will attempt to extend that...
Jake Peavy melted down in the second inning and spotted Detroit a 5-0
lead in Game Four of the ALCS (Jared Wickerham/Getty images)
None of the first three games of Boston's American League Championship Series against Detroit have been what one might call a breeze.
In keeping with that theme, Wednesday’s Game Four was decidedly...
The ALCS has become a best-of-three series. The first team to win two more games is going to the World Series.
The Tigers struck for five runs in the second inning en route to a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday. Boston and Detroit will square off one more time at Comerica Park on Thursday before returning to Fenway Park to close out the series.
Say this for Dustin Pedroia: The man stays in character even on a night an uncharacteristic bobble by the Red Sox second baseman figured prominently in Boston's 7-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night.
That became abundantly clear when Pedroia who'd already shouldered the responsibility for his failure to turn...
W: Fister (1-0) L: Peavy (0-1)
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The Detroit Tigers scored 5 runs in the 2nd inning and added 2 more in the 4th to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3, and tie their American League Championship Series at 2 games a piece.
The offensive woes of the Detroit Tigers have been well documented over the last couple weeks, leading manager Jim Leyland to make a change in the...