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Updated: September 22, 2013 6:42AM



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Left-hander John Danks passed another endurance test Tuesday. This time, he got an A for more than effort.

Throwing eight scoreless innings with his best command of the season, Danks (3-10) finally got a victory to show for some sound pitching.

‘‘It’s fun to talk to you guys after a win,’’ Danks said to reporters after allowing seven hits and one walk in the White Sox’ 2-0 victory against the Kansas City Royals. ‘‘It’s been a while.’’

Since July 2 against the Baltimore Orioles, in fact. Beating the Royals is nothing new for Danks, though. He improved to 6-0 with a 2.47 ERA in his career against them, including 4-0 with a 1.65 ERA at Kauffman Stadium.

One year removed from shoulder surgery, Danks is on an unprecedented personal run with a career-best 11 consecutive starts of six innings or more.

He wanted to go nine Tuesday, but manager Robin Ventura saw the Royals hit the ball fairly hard in the eighth and went to closer Addison Reed in the ninth. Danks threw 100 pitches.

‘‘He’s worked a long way to get back to where he is, and the last four or five games, I feel like he’s really picked it up,’’ said second baseman Gordon Beckham, who hit a home run in the first. ‘‘You can tell that his stuff is a little bit better, getting back to the John Danks that we know.’’

Andre the giant

Right-hander Andre Rienzo
will make his fifth start Wednesday, but he still is seeking his first decision. Rienzo, the first Brazilian-born pitcher in the majors, can be fun to watch because of his lively reactions to situations and interactions with teammates.

‘‘[I’m] just reacting to the game and what’s happening,’’ Rienzo said. ‘‘My body language will tell me [and observers] what is happening in the game.’’

The Sox have no problem with it. In fact, Ventura and assistant general manager Buddy Bell have condoned it, and Bell recently told a radio audience, ‘‘We need guys with personality who show it on their sleeve.’’

That made Rienzo smile.

‘‘I’m glad the boss likes it,’’ he said. ‘‘He’s the boss. If he likes it, keep doing that.’’

Win expectancy

The victory in the series opener gave the Sox a four-game winning streak and a 10-5 record in their last 15 games.

‘‘When you win games, it changes the mood and the feeling when you go into a game,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘Guys are looking more for good things to happen than bad things to happen.

‘‘It’s just good to get this group playing well and them coming out expecting to win.’’

This and that

Jeff Keppinger was a late scratch with a stiff lower back. Conor Gillaspie replaced him at third base.

◆ Right-hander Erik Johnson, a certain call-up come September, lowered his ERA in eight starts at Class AAA Charlotte to 1.59 with eight scoreless innings Monday. His combined ERA between Class AA Birmingham and Charlotte is 2.01.

◆ Second-round pick Tyler Danish, who didn’t allow an earned run as a high school senior, was promoted from advanced-rookie Bristol to Class A Kannapolis.

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