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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Extra Bases: Danks carries momentum

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO –- The John Danks train has some pretty good momentum now and will get a chance to hit another gear Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Just under two years shy of his shoulder surgery, Danks has found a pitching style that suits him and is finally looking like the pitcher who signed a five-year, $65 million deal before the 2012 season.

Danks is now 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA over his last five starts, a shift that came with a few slight mechanical changes as well as a shift more toward the third-base side of the pitching rubber.

Home has really been Danks’ haven this year. He is 4-2 at U.S. Cellular Field this season with a 2.77 ERA in eight outings.

With some uncertainty at the back end of the White Sox’s rotation, it’s up to Danks, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana to steady things and all three have been dependable most of the season.

Against the Angels in his career, Danks has been better than his 3-4 record in 10 starts might indicate. The left-hander has a 3.20 career ERA against the American League West club in 64 2/3 innings.

Read all about it: Here is the Rapid Reaction from the 8-4 defeat to the Angels in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Jose Abreu is doing plenty for the White Sox, but he can’t do it all. Here is the Rapid Reaction from the 7-5 defeat in Game 2.

Keep an eye on this: Danks is just three starts shy of 200 for his career.

Question of the day: Are there lineup changes manage Robin Ventura could employ to get a better offensive flow?