Ballantini: White Sox finally get a Spring Training W

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Ballantini: White Sox finally get a Spring Training W

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Posted 3:46 p.m. Updated: 6:29 p.m.
By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. Another day, another scoreless, hitless outing by Chicago White Sox starting pitching. This time, it was John Dankss turn to spin some magic and set sail toward a 6-1 victory, Chicagos first of spring training.

The rotation made sure all morning to let me know the starters havent given up a hit, Danks said. Its fun. We talked before how we all kind of push each other as a group. Thats an example.

Danks threw very well, the four guys so far in the rotation have thrown the ball very well, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. Obviously, its only two inningswere looking for strikes, command, not stuff yet. He had a lot of pressure today because all the guys in front of him threw the ball well. Hopefully, they continue to do that.

It qualified as an offensive outburst for the White Sox, who spun 11 hits down into six runs, which were well more than enough to thwart the anemic Ms and secure the clubs first win of the spring.

When the expectation is you have to win every game in spring training, thats a little overrated, Guillen said. But winning the games, thats a better feeling. Weve been playing pretty good baseball. Im glad about the way were playing.

Preview: White Sox aim to extend winning streak vs. Tigers today on CSN

Preview: White Sox aim to extend winning streak vs. Tigers today on CSN

The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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Today’s starting pitching matchup: Derek Holland (2-2, 1.99 ERA) vs. Michael Fulmer (2-1, 2.88 ERA)

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Late runs push White Sox past Tigers as winning streak hits five

Late runs push White Sox past Tigers as winning streak hits five

DETROIT — Geovany Soto broke open a tie game with a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Friday night at Comerica Park.

Anthony Swarzak pitched two scoreless innings for the White Sox, who won their fifth straight.

Tigers reliever Alex Wilson allowed two hits and two unearned runs in the eighth. Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos committed two errors in the inning, and three in the game, leading to Soto's go-ahead hit.

Former Tigers pitcher Mike Pelfrey started for the White Sox and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out two.

Detroit got to Pelfrey early, jumping out to a 2-0 first-inning lead on Justin Upton's bases loaded, two-run single. The Tigers loaded the bases again that inning, but Jim Adduci grounded into a double play to end the threat.

The White Sox answered in the top of the second, getting back-to-back home runs from Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia off Detroit starter Matt Boyd to tie the score at 2.

The White Sox took a 3-2 advantage in the third on Garcia's RBI single, and the Tigers tied it on Victor Martinez's RBI single in the fifth.

Melky Cabrera began the top of the eighth with a single, and Frazier reached base on Castellanos' first error of the inning. Garcia followed with a hard hit ball to third, which Castellanos could not handle, loading the bases.

After Wilson induced a double play, with the runner being forced out at home, Yolmer Sanchez received an intention walk to reload the bases. Soto then delivered the big hit.

Tim Anderson added a two-run homer in the ninth to extend the lead to 7-3.

Boyd pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He stuck out five and walked two.