10/02/12 12:11 AM ET
'Disappointed' Liriano reflects on season
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Peavy waiting to worry about future
CLEVELAND -- When Jake Peavy talked to MLB.com on Saturday about his 2012 accomplishments, he pointed to being able to take the baseball every fifth day and take the mound healthy with greatest pride. But when he was asked about his future with the White Sox or a possible foray into free agency, Peavy said that he hadn't put much thought into the matter because of the overall team focus and goals.Even with the team one loss or one Tigers win away from elimination, Tuesday's starter for the White Sox still hadn't put much time into mapping out his future. "I just wanted to stay focused and find a way to get us in the playoffs," Peavy said. "That's all going to shake out in the next few months anyway so there's no doing yourself any favors trying to figure it out. "It depends if these guys want me back and what they value me as. I haven't had any dialogue." The White Sox hold a $22 million option for 2013, which most likely will be declined in favor of a $4 million buyout. If Peavy goes into free agency, he reiterated Monday that representing himself remains a distinct possibility. He also has talked to agents such as John Boggs and Jeff Berry, with Peavy's longtime agent and friend Barry Axelrod leaving the business. One thing the 11-year-veteran knows is that he would like to play as long as his body and the game allows. "I'm going to play until this uniform is taken away from me," Peavy said. "I love the game. My boys are getting to the age where my children understand what Daddy does and they enjoy it. They enjoy coming. "That's something that's special to me and special to them. You miss out on stuff by being away, but at the same time if I stay around five years, I'll be 36 and able to spend a lot of good quality time with them. "Honestly, I'm so blessed and fortunate to be healthy again. I never knew if this would be possible, to have a year like I did, and I feel like all that is behind me now."
White Sox stick together in good and bad
CLEVELAND -- The reasons for the White Sox fade over the past 12 games are as wide-ranging as the various disciplines of the game. But whether the offense isn't scoring enough runs or misfiring with runners in scoring position or it's the pitching allowing too many runs, there has been no finger-pointing."We went through the ups and downs together and had each others' backs to the end," White Sox reliever Matt Thornton said. "Any time we struggled, there has never been any finger-pointing at anyone. It was a team loss or team win. You always want to keep that sort of group of guys together." "I know a lot of people are going to blame the offense. We just didn't score enough," White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy said. "But there's no separation in this clubhouse. We're a team on all aspects of the ball and weren't good enough."
Third to first
Alex Rios is 11-for-21 in his last six games and is batting .390 over his last 21 games. A.J. Pierzynski tied his career-high with 77 RBIs on his run-scoring single in the sixth inning of Monday's 11-0 victory. Dayan Viciedo is hitting .342 vs. left-handers this season, compared to .223 vs. righties.
Alejandro De Aza missed his third straight game due to the flu on Monday. The White Sox finished with a roller coaster of a ride at U.S. Cellular Field to get to their 45-36 record. They started 7-13, only to go 32-13 over the next 45 home games. But they concluded with a 6-10 mark in their final 16. The team hit .288 with 78 homers and a 3.99 ERA over its great 45-game run, but had a .217 average with runners in scoring position and a 5.21 ERA over the last 16. An 11-17 record in September gave the White Sox their second losing month this season. They also finished 13-14 in June. That 11-17 mark matched their results from last September.