Peavy makes pitch to aid cancer research

Peavy makes pitch to aid cancer research

DENVER -- Former Padres pitcher Jake Peavy, now with the White Sox, has announced he will contribute $100 for every strikeout in every Major League Baseball game on Saturday towards pancreatic cancer research, which killed his friend and mentor, Darrel Akerfelds.

Akerfelds lost his 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer last Sunday.

"I do hope there are a lot of strikeouts in baseball today," said Peavy, who started on Saturday against the New York Yankees.

Peavy previously raised more than $52,000 to aid pancreatic cancer research, in Akerfelds' honor.

"Ak knew what the percentages were and he just kept fighting with the thought that today could be the day a cure is found," Peavy said in a statement. "He battled with so much courage and heart, and I will continue to fight until there is an end to all cancer."