07/01/11 7:55 PM ET
Peavy wants White Sox to have tougher attitude
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
In fact, Peavy would like the entire White Sox roster to follow that "dirtbag" mentality. The right-hander's request has nothing to do with personal hygiene but focuses more on general manager Ken Williams' request earlier this week for this team to be a bit more Chicago tough.
"I agree with Kenny in that we have to have more attitude," Peavy told MLB.com. "We need a little more savvy and scrappiness. I'm saying in everything -- pitching, defense, running bases, every aspect of our game.
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"We have to find a way to play with a little more fire, a little more desire to win. I'm not saying there aren't guys on this team who really want to win. But we need to get it in our blood. When we are at Wrigley Field, we have to flat out want to win more than the Cubs. It's oozing out your pours. It will take a team with the talent like we have over the top."
Anybody who has watched Peavy scream at himself on the mound when he misses location on a pitch or two understands that fire or "dirtbag" mentality is a way of baseball life for him. Peavy also was influenced by veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds, when the two were briefly teammates in 2008 with the Padres.
Edmonds brought with him that win-at-all-costs mentality for years as part of the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Jim said something to me, where the players on those Cardinals teams showed up every day focused on trying to help the team win any way possible," Peavy said. "When you get all the guys to check their ego at the door and you have that attitude with talent, good things can happen.
"The bottom line is we are four games behind a very good Detroit team. We can't lay back. We have to show up every day, and for the next three hours, bust [our butts] and find a way to win. Get that mentality and attitude about us."
Beckham searching for extra-base power
CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham burst on to the White Sox scene in 2009 with 28 doubles and 14 homers over 378 at-bats. That extra-base power has not been as prevalent over the past two seasons, with Beckham completing June at just one double and three long balls for the month.
His home run in Thursday's victory over the Rockies was encouraging for the second baseman and not simply because it cleared the fence. Beckham liked that the ball went out to right-center.
"This year has been a little rough for me, but I look at myself like I always used to hit to right-center, and yesterday I did it," Beckham said. "I want to hit doubles. That's kind of the goal, you know. If I can just stay gap to gap, I can definitely do that."
Through the end of June 2010, Beckham had just two homers and 11 doubles. He finished with 25 doubles and nine home runs, but currently is looking to simply hit the ball hard consistently.
"That's most important -- getting hits and getting back to where I know I can be," said Beckham, whose ninth double came in Friday's 6-4 win over the Cubs to go along with his seven home runs, while hitting .237. "With hits comes more confidence and more bat control, and you start hitting doubles. You get a little confidence going, and it all kind of falls into place."
Cooper defends usage of Peavy
CHICAGO -- The six-inning effort from Jake Peavy on Thursday in Colorado followed 159 pitches thrown by the right-hander over a four-day period last week, including 55 in relief Saturday. The White Sox had the option to move back Peavy for extra rest, while keeping Edwin Jackson and Phillip Humber on their regular turn.
But White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is not exactly in agreement with those pundits who didn't support Peavy working on his regular five-day turn.
"You know what? The questioning of should we have pitched him yesterday, it's so ridiculous," Cooper said. "But that comes from people who are outside the arena and know nothing about how to schedule anything.
"It's five days. He's ready to go and we are ready to pitch him. It has turned out great."
Cooper pointed out that the move turned out great, because the White Sox were able to give Jackson a little more leeway in his start on Friday at Wrigley Field.
"He has 120 pitches, so go get them," Cooper said. "It's up to him what he wants to do with those pitches. We have a little bit more length today after a spell of going to everyone in the bullpen.
"Listen, look at our record here keeping guys healthy. That should just shut everyone up. We chose to use Jake, and he has two more starts left [before the All-Star break]. The challenge for him is to be ready for the next one and the next one after that one."
Guillen stands behind Pierre as left fielder
CHICAGO -- For seemingly the 20th time in the past two weeks, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen stood behind hard-working Juan Pierre as his leadoff man and left fielder during his pregame interview session Friday. Pierre then rewarded Guillen's support by delivering a two-run triple that proved to be the difference off Randy Wells in the seventh inning of a 6-4 victory at Wrigley Field.
Guillen also pointed out that Pierre is not standing in the way of Dayan Viciedo being called up from Triple-A Charlotte, where he has been crushing the baseball, if that's what the organization wants. Guillen explained that the issue is finding a player for Viciedo to replace on the 25-man roster.
"It's nothing against Viciedo, it's nothing against [general manager] Kenny [Williams]," Guillen said. "But if we're going to bring Viciedo here, I don't mind, but somebody has to go.
"I don't release people, I don't sign people. But in the meanwhile, if we think we need Viciedo, why not bring him here? I don't think I stand in anybody's way. If people think I am, no. I'm just happy with what I have."
Third to first
John Danks played light catch from 90 feet and reported no pain from the strained right oblique that sent him to the disabled list. Danks will play catch Saturday and could throw off of a mound early next week.
Bobby Magallanes, the manager for the White Sox Double-A affiliate in Birmingham, will be one of the coaches for the World Team at the XM All-Star Futures Game.
Adam Dunn drew a key pinch-hit walk during the White Sox four-run seventh as part of Friday's 6-4 victory over the Cubs. Dunn will start at least once this weekend, either at first base or in the outfield, according to manager Ozzie Guillen.