CHICAGO – If Thursday was Jake Peavy’s last start with the White Sox, he wanted a reminder of his days in Chicago.
Peavy chose to have the White Sox wear the team’s 1983 throwback jerseys, then outpitched Justin Verlander in a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Peavy (8-4) has been the subject of trade speculation as Wednesday’s deadline approaches. He hadn’t pitched in the old-style uniforms – usually reserved for Sundays – and knew that with multiple scouts watching him, it might be his last chance.
The fans also recognized Thursday might have been the end for Peavy in Chicago, and they gave him standing ovations after the seventh inning and when he was relieved in the eighth after giving up Brayan Pena’s home run.
It was very humbling. It was emotional for me, Peavy said. If it was the last time I pitch here at U.S. Cellular Field, with this uniform on, it was a nice way to go out. It meant the absolute world to me. I hope everyone knows that.
The Tigers again played minus Miguel Cabrera and had their four-game winning streak end. The AL MVP missed his third straight game because of an injured left hip flexor.
Cabrera’s status for tonight’s home game against Philadelphia was uncertain.
I’m not going to do anything stupid, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. Just have to wait and see how he comes in tomorrow.
Torii Hunter homered for the third time in the series. But the Tigers outfielder exited in the eighth and is day to day with a sore left Achilles.
Peavy, who played in Fort Wayne in 2000, was acquired from San Diego on July 31, 2009, and re-signed for two years with the White Sox last October. He didn’t get no-trade protection because he figured Chicago, which won 85 games in 2012, would be in contention this season.
But that isn’t the case. Peavy helped Chicago avoid falling 21 games below .500.
If I get traded, I’ll give the boys a big hug and make sure a few tears will be shed, leaving the friendships here. And I’ll go play as hard as I can to help the next ballclub I’m on, if that happens. Just going to take it in and we’ll see how the next few days play out, he said.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn’t have a say in Peavy’s future. If he did, he’d push for the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner to stay in Chicago.
It’s one of those I enjoy him being on our team. I know what he means, Ventura said. I don’t make that decision so, again, I’m the guy that’s appreciating just him being on our team right now. I hope he’s here through next year, too.
Peavy gave up four hits, three of them homers, while striking out seven in the matchup of former Cy Young winners.
In two starts since returning from the disabled list with a broken left rib, Peavy is 2-0 and has given up six earned runs in 13 innings.
Verlander (10-8) gave up seven runs and 11 hits in six innings. Tyler Flowers, catching for the first time since Sunday, homered off the Tigers star.
Today, as funny as it sounds, was a step in the right direction, Verlander said. I thought my stuff was the best it’s been all year. It was just a little erratic.