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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, A's 1

By Doug Padilla



CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox’s 4-1 victory Saturday was their first over the Oakland Athletics this season in six tries. The teams meet for the last time in 2013 on Sunday.

How it happened: Alex Rios delivered the go-ahead single in the eighth inning and Paul Konerko followed with a two-run home run to put the game away. A day after he failed to get down a key sacrifice bunt, Alexei Ramirez was successful Saturday to set up Rios’ RBI hit. White Sox starter John Danks went eight innings in his fourth start of the season to pick up his first victory since May 19, 2012. Adam Dunn hit a home run in the second inning, his 14th of the season.

What it means: Danks gave the White Sox the lift they needed with his first outing of at least eight innings since a complete-game shutout Aug. 27, 2010 against the Seattle Mariners. He threw 96 pitches before turning things over to closer Addison Reed for the save. With Gavin Floyd lost for the season and Jake Peavy on the disabled list for up to two months, Danks’ emergence is key moving forward.

Outside the box: The ESPN Stats & Information department tracked Dunn’s home run as traveling 435 feet to center field. Since 2006, Dunn has 61 home runs traveling at least 435 feet or more, easily the most in baseball. Mark Reynolds has 52 such home runs, while Prince Fielder has 49 and Matt Holliday has 45.

Off beat: Things haven’t been going well for Dayan Viciedo on the offensive side, but he managed to hang tough on defense in the eighth inning. Viciedo not only fought off the sun to make a catch on a fly ball from Seth Smith, he ended the half inning by making a sliding catch just off the top of the grass on a line drive from Adam Rosales.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Hector Santiago (1-4, 3.35 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the finale of the four-game series. The A’s will counter with right-hander A.J. Griffin (5-4, 3.67) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.