John Danks hardly could wait to take the mound Friday night for his first appearance of the year. The White Sox left-hander faced the Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field in his first start since May 19, 2012 as he has been rehabbing from left shoulder surgery on Aug. 6. "There are no parameters on him," manager Robin Ventura said before the game. "There are no training wheels on him." Danks performed respectably, allowing three runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out five and hit a batter while throwing 76 pitches. And while he didn't pick up the victory, his teammates picked him up with three singles in the 11th inning for a 4-3 triumph. Paul Konerko started the winning rally with a one-out single and Tyler Greene came in to run for him. Dayan Viciedo then singled to shallow right field moving Greene to third. After Conor Gillaspie was walked intentionally, Jeff Keppinger knocked in Greene with a single to left. "I felt really good," Danks said afterward. "I was able to make the ball move and do what I wanted for the most part. Obviously there were a few pitches that I would like to have back. "As the game went on I started to hope for more. But going in if you told me I was going to go six (innings) and three (hits) … that would have been good." Danks set the Marlins down without a hit through the first three innings. His only misstep was hitting Nick Green in the third. But the Marlins' Placido Polanco lined the first hit off Danks to lead off the fourth. Then Derek Dietrich hit his second home run of the season over the bullpen in right field to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead.
John Danks' first start of the year ultimately successful as Sox win 4-3 in extras
Chicago Tribune | May 25