- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - John Danks pitched four-hit ball for five innings and Jose Abreu went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 7-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

Danks, making his second start of the spring, struck out one and walked three as he continued his buildup to the regular season. He excited his surgically repaired shoulder feels strong.

“I feel like I can go after guys a little more aggressively,” Danks said. “Got some movement on the fastball and the cutter’s sharp. I’m like a kid in the clubhouse now and I’m excited to contribute.”

Gordon Beckham hit a solo home run in support of Danks.

Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo each had an RBI as the White Sox got 12 hits, six off Rangers starter Joe Saunders.

Saunders, signed last week to compete for a spot in the Texas starting rotation, gave up three runs and six hits in three innings, striking out four. Tommy Hanson, another starting rotation candidate, pitched the next four innings.

Adam Rosales drove in a run with a sacrifice fly off Sox reliever Mitchell Boggs in the eighth as the Rangers rallied for five runs to take the lead.

“We have some more time down here for him to work it out,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Boggs.


Texas: Saunders had a blister on the instep of his left foot but pitched through it.

“I had to get through three innings so just gutted it out,” Saunders said. “I made a couple of mistakes they hurt me on but other than that, felt my arm was good. The ball was coming out well. I was throwing strikes.”

Chicago: Danks had his cut fastball working and got some defensive help behind him.

“That’s probably what I’m most pleased about,” Danks said of his cutter. “My location wasn’t where I wanted to be but it is spring training. Certainly something I’ll work on.”


Rangers right fielder Mitch Moreland dropped a fly ball off the bat of Alexei Ramirez that should have ended the first inning. In the top of the second, Moreland was doubled off first base on a fly out by teammate Engel Beltre, though it was on a hit-and-run call. In the fourth, Moreland was doubled off at first again on a lineout to shortstop.

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