CHICAGO – Jake Peavy is headed to Cleveland with the White Sox.
It remains to be seen if he returns with the team.
Peavy brought a couple of large suitcases into the Sox’s clubhouse Sunday morning and watched as the last-place Sox lost, 4-2, to the Kansas City Royals in 12 innings.
He is scheduled to face the Indians on Tuesday, but he’s also one of the top pitchers on the market ahead of Wednesday’s nonwaiver trade deadline.
“Right now I have some pretty hard travel plans,” Peavy said. “I’m going to be on the team flight to Cleveland and I’ll show up ready to work in Cleveland tomorrow unless I hear otherwise.
“We’ll all hear something in the next few days, so it’ll all soon be over and we won’t have to deal with this one way or the other.”
The Sox closed out a 3-7 homestand with their ninth loss in 12 games overall. The sight of Peavy coming in with all that luggage was another reminder of a season gone awry.
After the four-game series against the Indians, the Sox play three games at Detroit before returning home to face the New York Yankees on Aug. 5.
It could be a much different team by the time the road trip is over, with outfielder Alex Rios also thought to be on the market.
“It does me no good to sit around and contemplate what’s going to happen and what I’ve heard,” Peavy said. “You can imagine what my phone’s been like with texts from anybody and everybody. It’s something that I really don’t worry too much about. You just kinda let life happen and you react when something is set in stone.”
Kansas City (51-51) earned its sixth consecutive victory – matching its longest winning streak of the season – and got back to .500 for the first time since it beat Cleveland, 2-1, on June 17 to improve to 34-34.
It’s the best record for the Royals this late in the year since they finished the 2003 season with an 83-79 mark, according to STATS.
“To get here was big,” manager Ned Yost said. “Now we got to get past it and just stay focused day to day.”
With no outs and Jarrod Dyson on third in the 12th, the Sox brought their infield in, but it didn’t matter one bit. Alex Gordon drove a 2-2 pitch from Donnie Veal (1-1) over the wall in center for his first homer since July 7 and No. 10 on the year.
Gordon went 1 for 6 and is batting .121 (4 for 33) over his past eight games, but it hardly mattered to him after coming up with the clutch swing.
“One hit’s fine with me as long as it wins the game,” the All-Star outfielder said.
Aaron Crow (7-3) tossed a scoreless inning to get the win and Greg Holland finished for his 27th save in 29 chances. Holland has converted each of his past 20 opportunities.
The Sox had a chance to win the game in the 10th, but Dyson threw out pinch runner Blake Tekotte at the plate to end the inning. Tekotte was trying to score from second on Alejandro De Aza’s sharp single to center field.
Adam Dunn homered for the Sox, and Paul Konerko had an RBI single. The Sox had three runs and 21 hits in the weekend series sweep.
“I think pitching-wise, our guys gave us every opportunity,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We just didn’t come up with much. That’s frustrating and all that stuff going with it. Just has to be better if you’re going to win games.”
David Lough, who made a terrific catch in the ninth inning of Kansas City’s 1-0 victory on Saturday night, helped the Royals get off to a fast start in the series finale. He singled in Alcides Escobar with two out in the first, then walked and scored on Miguel Tejada’s double in the fourth.
Dunn responded in the sixth, driving a 1-1 pitch from Bruce Chen over the wall in center to tie it at 2. It was Dunn’s 25th homer of the season and No. 431 for his career, tying Cal Ripken for 43rd on the all-time list.
Dunn also helped set up Chicago’s first run with a two-out walk in the first that moved Alex Rios into scoring position. Konerko followed with a run-scoring single into left field.
White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings. He allowed five hits and walked four.
“Yeah, it’s just been the story the whole year,” Santiago said. “Try to keep us in the game and keep it close enough where we have a chance and for the most part that’s what we did.”
NOTES: Chicago is 5-10 in extra-inning games this season, including a 2-5 record at home. ... White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo went 1 for 4 and is batting .417 (10 for 24) in his past seven games. ... Chicago begins a four-game series against the Indians on Monday night. White Sox LHP John Danks (2-8, 4.81 ERA) opposes RHP Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.57 ERA) in the opener. ... Royals RHP Ervin Santana (6-6, 3.06 ERA) faces RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-8, 5.15 ERA) on Tuesday in Minnesota.
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