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John Danks finishes strong in White Sox victory

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John Danks finishes strong in White Sox victory

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There was a point Monday, perhaps midflight of Trevor Story’s towering home run off him, where John Danks’ mind quickly traveled to the parking lot.

“I was worried it might hit my rental car,” Danks joked.

Story’s 449-foot homer was the second of three consecutive Danks allowed in the third inning of an 11-7 White Sox victory over the Colorado Rockies. But the back-to-back-to-back homers — and the not-so-narrow miss with his car’s windshield — wasn’t what Danks took away from his final Cactus League start.

After he surrendered nearly 1,300 feet worth of homers, Danks settled down. He retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced and gave his offense, which belted four more home runs, time to rally.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Danks allowed four earned runs and eight hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings. He next pitches on Saturday in San Diego.

“I kind of felt myself falling back into some of my old tendencies,” Danks said. “It was a good opportunity, when the game starts speeding up on you and it’s not going well, to try to slow things down and get back to what we’re trying to do, and I was able to do that. I feel like a couple of those pitches — they were all homers, I’m not taking anything away — but a couple of those might have a better chance outside of Arizona. Finished strong, and kept handling what we had been working on.”

The White Sox don’t need Danks, who went 7-15 with a 4.71 ERA last season, to be outstanding. They need him to stay competitive, pitch deep into games and keep them within striking distance.

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He has shown he can do that in three of four extended starts this spring. When he allowed a first-inning run Monday, Danks had a scoreless streak of 12 1/3 innings snapped.  

Now, he needs to carry this success into April. He’d take the way he performed against Colorado, especially if he didn’t have to worry about any broken windshields.

“It’s just another work day,” Danks said. “I feel good about it. Obviously, I would like a couple of those pitches back in the third inning, but a good all-around (effort).”

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.