Jordan Danks makes a play to stay with his 3-RBI day
BY TONI GINNETTI For Sun-Times Media August 17, 2014 10:00PM
Updated: September 19, 2014 6:26AM
Outfielder Jordan Danks is trying to make the most of his latest stay and is hoping he finally can duplicate the hitting success he has had in the minors.
The younger brother of pitcher John Danks has made a good showing in seven games since being recalled after Adam Eaton was hurt. He is hitting .350 (7-for-20) and drove in three runs Sunday with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly.
‘‘I’m not trying to do too much but definitely trying to be better than the first time I was up,’’ he said.
Top draft pick getting close
The Sox have promoted left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodon, the third overall pick in the June draft, from
Class A Winston-Salem to Class AAA Charlotte. He will start Tuesday.
The fast climb would seem to signal Rodon’s arrival in September, when rosters expand.
‘‘If he’s doing well enough to come up here, yeah,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘If he’s available and he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go. I would like to see it, but he’s got to be ready to go.’’
Rodon pitched in four games for Winston-Salem, including two starts, and had a 1.86 ERA (two runs in 92/3 innings) with 15 strikeouts.
‘‘It does say something,’’ Ventura said of skipping Class AA Birmingham. ‘‘It says he must be doing pretty good.’’
Left helps right
Struggling Gordon Beckham took batting-practice swings left-handed Sunday, almost putting one into the right-field seats.
‘‘It evens out your stroke,’’ said Ventura, who threw the pitches during the session.
Beckham is hitting .208 (16-for-77) with seven RBI in his last 20 games and .147 (20-for-136) in his last 33 games.
Adam Dunn, in the last weeks of his four-year contract, told mlb.com he’s unsure if this will be his last season. Dunn, 34, is in his 13th year. He is within 41 home runs of 500 and is 32 games away from 2,000.
‘‘That’s always a tough decision for guys,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘You don’t know. It’s still fun. You just never know. I’ve also heard guys talk that way and end up playing five more years.’’
Dunn said he would weigh his future after the season, adding the market for his services might dictate the decision for him.
Windy City week
The Baltimore Orioles arrive Monday for a weeklong stay in Chicago, first playing the Sox in a three-game series and finishing with a three-game weekend series against the Cubs.
Earlier this season, the New York Yankees did the same thing, starting with a three-game series at Wrigley Field before ending on the South Side for four games.
The Sox are in an August stretch of playing 19 of 22 games against teams with winning records. They are 34-30 overall against teams with winning records but only 25-35 against teams with sub-.500 records.