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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Danks wins second game of season

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox stopped their losing streak at five thanks to a solid performance from starter John Danks.

Winning for just the second time in 2013, Danks kept the Orioles off-balance for the seven innings with a variety of fastballs, change-ups and cutters.

John Danks
John Danks went seven innings to pick up his second win of the season.
“Today was a really nice outing by him,” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Even late in the game he still had some life on his fastball. He had a great change today and great location. He was going through a nice lineup and did a real good job.”

It has been a long, winding road for Danks, who has had to rely on his secondary pitches more since his shoulder surgery last August. Danks was facing a team that leads all of baseball in home runs.

“Those guys are having tremendous years,” Danks said “I made a comment to (Chris) Sale during the game that their lineup never lets up. You have to be smart with everybody in their lineup.”

Danks, who had not won since June 8, snapped a three-game losing streak. He has pitched well at home this season, going 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA in four starts.

White Sox starting pitchers had gone eight games without a win until Tuesday evening. The battle back to respectability for Chicago will be a major challenge, especially with trade rumors swirling around the players every day.

“We know we have a hell of a road ahead of us,” Danks said. “We did this to ourselves, but at the same time we know how capable we are of going on a run. We just hope we are able to do it starting now.”