Jake Peavy dazzles in rehab start

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It was against a weak Pawtucket team, but allowing one hit and striking out five in three innings while hitting 93 and 94 on the gun is a good sign for the White Sox. It certainly does nothing to throw Peavy’s tentative August 28th return to the majors into question. Though this might if he’s not careful.

Because the White Sox are on the West Coast, Peavy will stay in
Charlotte until after Tuesday’s start. Much of his time probably will
be spent at the Hickory Tavern, where he reports they put the Sox game
on television for him Wednesday night. He admits staying “way past my bedtime,”

Just remember, Jake: Liquor before beer, never fear . . .

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.