Peavy traded, White Sox lose again

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT
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The White Sox's Paul Konerko is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a hit by Dayan Viciedo in the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND – Jake Peavy sat at his locker in the clubhouse staring at his cellphone. There were no obvious signs he was going anywhere but back to Chicago's hotel.

However, he was headed to a contender.

After the White Sox lost 7-4 to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, Peavy was traded to the Boston Red Sox as part of a three-way deal that sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers.

The slick-fielding Iglesias provides a nice insurance policy for AL Central-leading Detroit in case Jhonny Peralta is suspended as part of baseball's Biogenesis drug investigation.

Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was considered the best starting pitcher on the market ahead of today's nonwaiver deadline.

With Clay Buchholz on the disabled list with a shoulder problem, the move gives Boston another proven starter for the stretch run in the tough AL East.

The Red Sox also got reliever Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers. They shipped Iglesias to Detroit and three minor leaguers to the White Sox as part of the deal.

The White Sox also got prized prospect Avisail Garcia as part of the trade. Garcia, who turned 22 in June, hit .374 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 33 games for Triple-A Toledo, Detroit's top minor league affiliate.

Peavy had been scheduled to start Tuesday's game, but the White Sox pushed it back at least one day on the chance they could strike a deal.

Before the game, Peavy said he was ready for whatever happens.

"I'm not going to be shocked, overwhelmed or blown away by anything," Peavy said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what the next 24 hours, or not even that, play out."

After the Sox's fifth straight loss, Sox manager Robin Ventura made no mention of any trade or even the possibility one was on the table.

As Peavy waited to learn his fate, the Sox got a glimpse of their future.

Rookie Andre Rienzo, recalled from the minors to start in Peavy's place, pitched seven strong innings but came away with a no-decision when Donnie Veal (1-2) and Matt Lindstrom gave up four runs in the eighth.

"It was fun seeing him pitch," Ventura said of Rienzo, a hard-throwing right-hander. "The end stunk but he did well. The kid was good. For all the excitement he had of having his first start, he was great."

Rienzo, the first Brazilian-born player to pitch in the major leagues, allowed three unearned runs and five hits in seven innings.

"It was great being here," Rienzo said. "It was a great experience."

Bryan Shaw (2-2) got one out in the eighth and Chris Perez worked the ninth for his 15th save – and ninth straight – as the Indians won their sixth straight and moved 10 games over .500 for the first time this season.

The Sox, on the other hand, are 24 games under .500 for the first time since 1989.

Rienzo was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Charlotte as the Sox pushed back Peavy's start one day in case they are able to trade him before today's 4 p.m. deadline.

Trailing 4-3, the Indians scored four runs in the eighth.

Veal gave up a one-out single to Asdrubal Cabrera, and one out later, Carlos Santana singled. Pinch runner Drew Stubbs stole second before Raburn, who has been clutch in two-out situations all season for manager Terry Francona, singled to center off Lindstrom to make it 5-4. After Lonnie Chisenhall singled, Yan Gomes came through with a two-run double.

Rienzo seemed unfazed in facing one of baseball's hottest teams. He was only in trouble once, when the Indians scored three times in the fifth to tie it. But Rienzo quickly shook it off and was in position to get a win before the Indians came back against the Sox's bullpen.

Along with Peavy, the Sox have reportedly dangled outfielder Alex Rios. He left in the eighth after fouling a pitch off his left foot. Rios will undergo X-rays, but he said it's only a bruise and doesn't believe it's serious.

Staked to a 3-0 lead, Rienzo looked poised while making history as Brazil's first big league pitcher.

In the third, he faced countryman Gomes, who dribbled a single through the middle for Cleveland's second hit. Once he reached first, the Indians catcher shared a smile with Rienzo, who moments later tried to pick off his friend from Brazil's national team.

"I thought he picked me off," said Gomes, the first Brazilian player to make it to the big leagues. "He looked good out there. I am proud of the way he pitched and happy for my country."

Rienzo cherished the moment with Gomes.

"I smiled and he smiled back," Rienzo said. "I said, 'You win.' I was glad to pitch to the first Brazilian guy. I'm glad to be the second one. I hope more come."

Rienzo showed his full repertoire in the fourth, striking out Nick Swisher, All-Star Jason Kipnis and Cabrera on just 11 pitches. He started off Cabrera with two curves before blowing a high fastball past Cleveland's shortstop.

However, Rienzo was hurt by two walks in the fifth, when the Indians scored three times to tie it at 3.

Rienzo's debut was televised live back in Brazil, where baseball may never catch soccer but continues to grow.

"I hope Brazil is proud of me and proud of Gomes," he said. "I try to open doors for the guys coming."

The White Sox gave Rienzo an early cushion, scoring two runs in the first and one in the second to take some pressure off him.

Adan Dunn hit a two-out, two-run double in the first as the Sox ended Cleveland's streak of scoring first at 16 games, a franchise record. In the second, Gordon Beckham ended a 0-for-20 slide with a one-out double and scored when Josh Phegley ended a 0-for-14 slump with an RBI single.

Notes: The Sox have lost 11 of 14. Since they were 24-24 on May 27, the White Sox have gone 16-40, the majors' worst record in that span. ... The Sox have lost six in a row to Cleveland and fell to 2-9 vs. the Indians this season. ... The Sox have scored just nine runs during their five-game losing streak. ... The Sox are 1-8 in a stretch of 14 straight games against division opponents. The Sox are 12-26 inside the Central.

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