As the White Sox open their second consecutive series against a fellow first-place team in the American League, one Chicago player has grown tired of having to watch from the shadows.
Righthander John Danks remains on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. He has no time table for his return to the White Sox rotation, leaving him understandably frustrated.
Im chomping at the bit and getting impatient now, Danks said Tuesday prior to Chicagos series opener against Texas at U.S. Cellular Field. I've been on the DL long enough and it's been kind of the same thing every day. I'm ready to just start playing.
Danks addressed reporters prior to seeing the team doctors, but after he had a cortisone shot in his shoulder.
I'm doing okay, he said. I played catch today and itd been a few days. I came in here and got a cortisone shot and so, hopefully, that will kick in and I'll get back to actually playing baseball. This DL stuff is getting old.
Danks, who has been on the DL since May 25, said the soreness in his shoulder is improving, which is the only positive he could find through this ordeal.
From everything I've been told I should be getting close (to returning), he said. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. We're doing everything we know to do. We're just kind of at the mercy of my shoulder now. We're going to keep working hard. That way I can hit the ground running whenever I do get healthy. Hopefully that's in time to help us win the division.
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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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.