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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Dunn hits HR; Peavy says bat broke

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Perhaps over postgame refreshments late Tuesday night, Adam Dunn told his buddy Jake Peavy exactly how he was able to take him deep for a home run Tuesday.

Peavy, who was starting for the Boston Red Sox, probably didn’t want to hear anything about it, especially since he thought he actually had his former Chicago White Sox teammate beat.

“I mean his bat broke; we broke his bat,” Peavy said after his first start at U.S. Cellular Field since the White Sox traded him to the Red Sox in a three-team trade July 30. “You normally will take your chances when that happens. Most people aren't as strong as he is. He always said this ballpark played big to fair, and I'm going to go ahead and go on the record and have fun with him tonight, tell him that in big to fair ballparks, broken-bat homers don't get out.”

It didn’t get any better for Peavy and his Red Sox teammates. The White Sox scored a run on an error in the ninth inning to walk off with a 2-1 victory.

Peas in a pod when they were with the White Sox, Dunn admitted that the matchup against Peavy was a bit awkward. But it didn’t take much for the meeting to turn businesslike.

By the end of the first at-bat, Dunn had taken Peavy into the seats in right field.

“It’s weird, but it’s only weird early,” Dunn admitted. “Then after one pitch it’s kind of, ‘All right, you really are trying to get me out’ kind of deal. I think the competiveness takes over.”

The career numbers reveal Dunn has had a tough time against Peavy. He entered 5-for-31 with 11 strikeouts. But in the previous three games he had been 5-for-11 with two doubles. Even with the recent success, Dunn was not going to claim bragging rights.

“Yeah, first of all, you haven’t checked the numbers because I have no bragging right against him,” Dunn said. “But, yeah, that was a good win and seemed like we kind of let him off the hook in the second and third inning. And whenever you let a guy like that who’s got stuff like he’s got off the hook, it can be a long night ... and it was for the most part.”