Jordan Danks will make decision hard on White Sox

Jordan Danks will make decision hard on White Sox
March 10, 2014, 6:30 pm
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PHOENIX -- Jordan Danks could be a victim of the White Sox roster squeeze when final cuts are made later this month.

But the outfielder continues to do everything he can to make management’s decision a difficult one. Danks hit a two-run home run in three at-bats on Monday as the White Sox topped the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 at Maryvale Ballpark.

The homer, a seventh-inning shot that just cleared the right-field fence to breakup a scoreless tie, was the second round-tripper hit by Danks this spring. He has a .318/.348/.652 line with five RBIs in 23 plate appearances during the exhibition season.

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The play has caught manager Robin Ventura’s attention though it might not matter because Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo are all on a roster with little wiggle room.

“You are looking at a guy who has gotten better the two years he has been up here,” Ventura said. “He was going up and down, but he has that potential. He’s much better this spring then he was last couple of springs.”

First replay

The White Sox had their first run-in with instant replay and walked away a winner.

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Jared Mitchell was initially ruled safe after he beat a throw to the plate on Jeff Keppinger’s ninth-inning RBI fielder’s choice. But after a quick debate with Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke, plate umpire Scott Barry turned to Major League Baseball’s replay central for confirmation. In less than a minute, Barry’s ruling was confirmed to give the White Sox the lead.

Per Milwaukee reporters, Roenicke said Barry asked him to challenge the play in order to practice using the replay system.

Other notes

-- Matt Lindstrom (left oblique strain) had a “pretty good workout” and believes he will begin to work on mechanics on Tuesday. The right-hander still doesn’t have a target date for getting into a game but said his arm and body feel great. Lindstrom said he still feels a little tentative but also is making progress.

-- De Aza singled twice in three at-bats and is 7-for-17 this spring. First baseman Andy Wilkins drove in two in a three-run ninth and has five RBIs along with five hits in nine at-bats.

-- Charlie Leesman struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save.

-- Ventura said Tyler Flowers, who went 1-for-3, is still leading the catcher competition.

-- Micah Johnson, Carlos Sanchez, Flowers, Mitchell, Trayce Thompson and Chris Beck will all participate in a B game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear on Tuesday.