White Sox starter John Danks gave up two runs and seven hits in 72⁄3 innings against the Angels on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field. He had 10 strikeouts and one walk. | AP
Updated: August 4, 2014 12:10PM
It’s during trade-deadline month, as Adam Dunn says, that players “see how much we like our teammates.”
Play well and be in position to contend, and the team sticks together. Fall back from the pack, and brace yourself — if you’re a veteran with value — to be dealt to a contending team for prospects.
The White Sox were 33-33 after John Danks beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers on June 11, and they needed a 10-strikeout performance from Danks and Leury Garcia’s pinch single through a five-man Angels infield in the ninth inning Wednesday to win 3-2 and get to 40-46.
The Sox, who salvaged a win in the three-game series, haven’t won more than three consecutive games and aren’t contending, in large part, because their starting rotation and bullpen aren’t deep enough.
“You see the positives that are there, you see the way we play for a certain extent, and then you can’t sustain it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said before the game. “That’s the frustrating part.’’
Danks frustrated the Angels — including Mike Trout three times — by matching his career high for strikeouts. The last time Danks had 10 was in August 2011 against the Mariners.
Danks led 2-0 on Alexei Ramirez’s two-run single against Tyler Skaggs in the fourth inning. David Freese homered in the seventh, and Josh Hamilton’s homer in the eighth on Danks’ 120th pitch knocked the lefty out of the game.
The only players who probably need not worry about a trade are Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia and Paul Konerko. General manager Rick Hahn would listen to offers on anyone else who would bring young talent in return, including Danks, the Sox’ highest-paid player this season who has 21/2 years left on a five-year, $65 million contract. The Yankees are one team rumored to have interest, and the better Danks, 29, pitches, the less prohibitive his contract becomes.
4 international prospects signed
Four free agents agreed to terms on the first day of the international signing period: catcher Jhoandro Alfaro, shortstops Amado Nunez and Ricky Mota and middle infielder Felix Mercedes.
Nunez, 16, from the Dominican Republic, is the 26th-ranked international prospect, according to Baseball America and MLB.com. Alfaro, 16, of Colombia, is rated 28th by MLB.com. Mercedes, 17, and Mota, 16, are from the Dominican Republic. Nunez signed for a reported $900,000 bonus and Alfaro for $750,000.
The Sox are not done signing Latin American players. Teams are allotted a $700,000 base pool and a bonus pool for international prospects based on their 2013 record. The Sox’ bonus pool is about $4.3 million.
This and that
Right-hander Angel Sanchez was claimed off waivers from the Rays and assigned to Class A Winston-Salem. Once a highly rated prospect, Sanchez, 24, was 0-9 with a 7.04 ERA at the Class AA level.
◆ Class AAA Charlotte shortstop Tyler Saladino was named to the International League All-Star team.
◆ Major League Baseball overturned two scoring calls from the game in Toronto on June 26, changing a Jose Reyes single to an error on second baseman Gordon Beckham and giving left fielder Dayan Viciedo an error on what was scored a double for Dioner Navarro. Two earned runs were taken off Scott Carroll’s pitching line.