KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Jake Peavy didn't expect to play in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, but the plan was to have White Sox teammate Adam Dunn enter in the fifth inning as the American League DH.
But Dunn never appeared, instead giving his at-bats to the Royals' Billy Butler, who was playing in front of his hometown fans.
"My whole thing was to rest for the second half," Dunn said. "I wanted to make sure Billy got his at-bats for the crowd. So we talked about it. I did what I wanted to do pretty much. ... It worked out perfect."
Teammate Chris Sale pitched a scoreless sixth inning in his first All-Star Game. His first single was to boyhood hero Chipper Jones, who has said this would be his final All-Star Game.
Sale said he didn't mind Jones' hit and that his overall experience was "awesome. More than I could have (imagined). It was nuts. I loved it."
The Cubs' Bryan LaHair played first base for the NL and made one out in his first appearance.
"Incredible," he said of the experience. "I tried to embrace the moment. I had some jitters (before) I played. When I got out there, it finally came together for me. I had a good time."
And what did he take away from the experience?
"Just that I'm a part of it, that I'm in the clubhouse with All-Stars and I'm one of them," he said. "To me, it's a great moment. I'm so excited to be here with these guys."
Teammate Starlin Castro also made one out while playing shortstop in his second All-Star appearance.
""No, I was not nervous," he said. "Last year a little bit, but this year? No."
He said this year was special because "I feel really, really good because I'm on the All-Star team."