Jake Peavy is humming along nicely

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In the two and a half seasons after being acquired in a blockbuster trade at the July 2009 deadline, Jake Peavy registered a 4.49 ERA in 238 2/3 innings with the White Sox, with ineffectiveness, injury and rust conspiring to deprive Chicago of the ace they thought they were getting.

Well, they have him now:  Peavy pitched a three-hitter against the A’s last night. That’s a nice progression for him, as in his first three starts he allowed three, then two, then one run.  If he keeps this up … NEGATIVE ERA!

OK, maybe not.  And it is worth nothing that while each of his starts has been progressively better, each of his opponents have had progressively worst offenses: Texas, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland.

But still, this has to be encouraging as all get-out for Chicago.

Aaron Judge was involved in a weird play in the fourth inning

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge found himself front-and-center in a weird play in the bottom of the fourth inning during Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday evening. Judge drew a walk to lead off the frame. After Didi Gregorius lined out, Gary Sanchez flied out to shallow right-center.

Judge must have thought the ball had a high probability of falling in for a hit, so he was past the second base bag around the time he realized his mistake. He retraced his steps, running back to first base. Reddick’s throw hopped a couple of times but first base umpire Jerry Meals called Judge out on the tag-up play.

Manager Joe Girardi requested a review and the call was overturned: Judge was safe. However, Astros manager A.J. Hinch wanted to challenge that Judge did not re-touch second base on his way back. Rather than issuing a formal challenge, the Astros had to appeal the play by having starter Lance McCullers throw to second base, at which point second base umpire Jim Reynolds would issue a ruling. McCullers was a bit hasty, though, and made his appeal throw before Greg Bird stepped into the batter’s box. Reynolds told McCullers that he had to wait. So, McCullers again made his appeal throw.

This time, Judge was running and he was simply tagged out at second base for the final out of the inning. No need for a review.

As Ken Rosenthal explained on the FS1 broadcast, the Yankees were trying to “beat the police.” They knew Judge would have been ruled out — replays clearly showed he never re-touched the base — so they had nothing to lose by sending Judge. If he was safe, the Astros would no longer be able to appeal the play. If he’s out, then it’s the same outcome they would have had anyway.