Jake Peavy: 4.72 ERA for the Red Sox, 2.16 ERA for the Giants

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When the Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox in late July expectations were minimal.

After all, he was a 33-year-old impending free agent whose raw stuff and results had both declined to the point that he posted a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts for the Red Sox this season and a 4.48 ERA in 30 starts for the Red Sox since they acquired him in the middle of last year.

So naturally Peavy has been great in San Francisco with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts. That includes 7.2 innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks last night for Peavy’s seventh consecutive start allowing two runs or fewer. By comparison, he allowed two runs or fewer in three of his final 14 starts for the Red Sox.

What’s changed? Peavy’s strikeout rate is actually down slightly since the trade, but he’s sliced his walk rate from 3.3 to 1.8 per nine innings and most importantly the league/ballpark switch has helped the fly-ball pitcher stop serving up homers. He allowed 20 homers in 124 innings for the Red Sox compared to just two homers in 67 innings for the Giants.

And now he’s a month away from hitting the open market in search of what will surely be a much larger contract than it would have been before the trade.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”