Jake Peavy fires first shutout since August of 2005

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White Sox starter Jake Peavy was scratched from a start on Thursday after complaining of discomfort in his throwing arm.  He was later revealed to have inflammation and fluid in his shoulder, but the White Sox decided to let him pitch on Saturday anyway.  Recipe for disaster, right?

Wrong.

Peavy held the Nationals to three singles and struck out seven batters on Saturday afternoon to earn his first complete-game shutout victory since August of 2005, when he was a starter for the Padres.  The right-hander has allowed only four earned runs in his last 23 innings on the mound and he has racked up 15 strikeouts in that span.  After a rough start to the season, he’s now 6-5 with a rapidly-falling 5.07 ERA and a respectable 1.26 WHIP.

Of course, Peavy isn’t the only member of the White Sox getting things right these days.  The club has won a season-high five straight games and trails the AL Central-leading Twins by 5.5 games.  It’s getting sunny on Chicago’s south side.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.