Spring training update: John Danks pitches for first time since last May in 6-2 win
March 4, 2013 5:15PM
Updated: March 4, 2013 10:31PM
WHITE SOX 6,
FOR THE RECORD: The Sox improved to 5-3-2 as John Danks pitched in a game for the first time since May. Dewayne Wise hit an opposite-field three-run homer and singled, Alexei Ramirez doubled in a run and Paul Konerko had an RBI. The Sox had 10 hits, including four against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, who hadn’t allowed a run in his first two outings.
‘ALL GOOD’ FOR DANKS: The Sox’ 2012 Opening Day starter threw 35 pitches in two-plus innings, 27 for strikes. He gave up one run and two hits, including a home run. “I was very happy with my control, the fact that I was able to throw strikes and make them put the ball in play,’’ said Danks, who said his surgically repaired left shoulder feels good.
PROSPECT WATCH: Right-hander Simon Castro, who came from the Padres in the trade for Carlos Quentin, struck out five and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. “You see him make a couple different appearances, and he’s more polished with a better idea of what he’s doing,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.
WHO’S ON THIRD? Jeff Keppinger, who was limited to designated hitter while his throwing shoulder strengthened after an ankle injury slowed his conditioning, played third base and batted third. He was 3-for-3 with three singles. “He looks fine; he looks comfortable [at third base],’’ Ventura said.
ON DECK: The Sox host Team USA at 2:05 p.m. (audio at mlb.com) in the Americans’ first tuneup for the World Baseball Classic. Gavin Floyd gets his first start. Matt Thornton (elbow soreness) is scheduled to make his first appearance.
Daryl Van Schouwen