CHICAGO -- The winners in White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy's "A Day with Jake Peavy" charity raffle, Terry and Lynn Iker, attended Monday night's game against the Cubs, donated their Tuesday tickets to the family of a child battling leukemia and joined Peavy for lunch Wednesday at Sweetwater, before watching White Sox batting practice and meeting players.Adam Dunn and his wife, Rachel, donated their luxury box as part of the prize, allowing the Ikers to invite 12 friends to watch Wednesday's game in a fully catered suite. Proceeds from the fundraiser raffle went to The Jake Peavy Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer Research in honor of Peavy's friend and Padres bullpen coach, Darrel "Ack" Akerfelds, who is fighting pancreatic cancer. The raffle raised more than $52,000 in three weeks. "Ack has been a friend, great mentor and a father figure in my life through all of my years in baseball," Peavy said. "I can honestly say I wouldn't be where I am today, in baseball or in life, if it wasn't for him. He's battling pancreatic cancer with so much courage and heart and I will fight with my buddy against this."
Hudson gets a breather from hot corner
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Eduardo Escobar's start in place of Orlando Hudson at third base on Wednesday night's series finale with the Cubs won't be a permanent move.Hudson is hitting .167 in 25 games since coming to the White Sox from San Diego, while Escobar is hitting .182 in 21 games. "With Hud learning third and things like that, it's just a mental break," Ventura said. "We have a day off tomorrow, put Escy in there and see how that goes." Ventura said there's a learning curve to playing third base and he wants Hudson, who committed an error in Tuesday night's loss, to get a break tonight before the off-day. "It's different," Ventura said of Hudson, a longtime second baseman. "He's played in the middle of the field most of his career. There's different things that are happening. Baseball has a way, if you put a guy at a new position, it'll find them in a lot of different situations."
Beckham says slump belongs to entire team
CHICAGO -- The White Sox are lacking one player to lean on during their three-game losing streak, according to second baseman Gordon Beckham.Beckham said players like Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn could single-handedly push the White Sox to victories in weeks past. "We're all not clicking," Beckham said. "We don't have one guy that's just tearing it up right now. Sometimes one person can carry the team. We've showed that for the last few weeks before this rough patch." The White Sox have dropped six of seven games and five straight series to drop out of first place entering Wednesday. Six of the White Sox last seven losses have been by one or two runs. "We just have hit a little lull in which we aren't getting the big hit or we aren't getting the runs we need in," Beckham said. "We've just got to pick it up. It'll change. It'll definitely change, we've just got to make it sooner than later."
Dunn ready for Cubs' Wells
CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski may not be the White Sox players that Cubs starter Randy Wells wanted to see when he took the mound on Wednesday night.The three are hitting at least .500 against Wells in their careers, while Dunn and shortstop Alexei Ramirez both have home runs off the starter. "He's going to keep the ball down," Dunn said. "He's got a really good changeup. The way these guys have pitched us the last couple days have been pretty tough, and we're obviously not swinging the bats very good right now. Hopefully everybody can relax and have fun and score some runs." Dunn, who leads the league with 23 home runs, has just one hit in his last three games entering Wednesday. He said he hasn't been chasing bad pitches, he's just had trouble making contact. "I think I'm swinging too hard, actually," Dunn said. "I know that sounds stupid, but I think I'm seeing it pretty good, just swinging too hard." Second baseman Gordon Beckham said the White Sox can't be concerned with statistics or how an opposing pitcher has done this season. "We can't take anyone lightly," Beckham said. "Wells is a good pitcher. He's pitched in the big leagues for years now."
Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.