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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Jordan Danks scratched, A.J. out

By Randy Jennings
Special to

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Chicago White Sox centerfielder Jordan Danks was scratched two hours before the series opener against the Texas Rangers due to a bursa sac inflammation behind the right knee.

Dewayne Wise will spell Danks, a native Texan, in centerfield and bat ninth.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Danks’ injury wasn’t serious.

“It was one of those decisions that we’d rather have him available off the bench than start him and have to take him out after a couple of innings,’’ the manager said.

Infielder Jeff Keppinger is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game with an injured back.

“He is another guy that is available to play,‘’ said Ventura, “but we think it’s better to hold him out until tomorrow.’’

Meanwile A.J. Pierzynski (oblique strain) is not in the Rangers’ lineup Tuesday, spoiling a potential reunion with his old club at home plate.

Ventura said even if Pierzynski was playing, the White Sox wouldn’t be forced to do anything as drastic as change signs.

“They’re different this year anyway,’’ Ventura said.

Tonight’s lineups:

White Sox (10-14)
LF Alejandro De Aza
2B Tyler Greene
RF Alex Rios
1B Adam Dunn
DH Paul Konerko
3B Conor Gillaspie
SS Alexei Ramirez
C Hector Gimenez
CF Dewayne Wise
P Jose Quintana

Rangers (16-9)
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
DH Lance Berkman
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
LF Jeff Baker
C Geovany Soto
1B Mitch Moreland
CF Craig Gentry
P Yu Darvish