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Whitesoxclub.com | Chicago White sox News, whitesox Scores, Game Recaps & Commentary - <div>BALTIMORE (AP) - In a matchup of two very good starting pitchers, <span class="ffp" ffpid="7808" ffpos="SP" ffconf="AL">John Danks</span> outperformed <span class="ffp" ffpid="7040" ffpos="SP" ffconf="AL">Jeremy Guthrie</span> in almost every way.</div><p></p><div class="in_info_box whats_hot_box"><div class="in_info_box_content whats_hot_box_content"><h4 class="gray_dots">Must-read:</h4><ul><li>Kriegel: Sanchez is already a pro</li><li>Rosenthal: Thome still loves to play</li></ul><h4 class="gray_dots">Must-see:</h4><ul><li>On the Clock: Pittsburgh Steelers<br><li>Kriegel: De La Hoya got biggest win<br></ul><h4 class="gray_dots">Top headlines:</h4><ul><li>Magic win, avoid crippling deficit</li><li>HR in 14th shoots Yankees past A's</li><li>Au revoir: Bruins sweep Habs</li></ul><div class="more">All of today's top stories >></div><h4 class="gray_dots">Worth a thousand words:</h4><ul><li>Wednesday's NBA playoff action</li><li>De La Hoya through the years</li><li>Best from final day at the Masters</li><li>Maxim's winning Hometown Hotties</li></ul><div class="more">View more photos >></div></div><div class="in_info_box_btm"></div></div><p>"Danks had three things we were a little short on: He had command of his pitches, movement and he changed speeds," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said Wednesday night after the Chicago White Sox pinned an 8-2 loss on Guthrie and the Orioles.<p>Danks (2-0) allowed one run, four hits and no walks in a season-high seven innings. The left-hander was so good, <span class="ffp" ffpid="4762" ffpos="DH" ffconf="AL">Jim Thome</span>'s 545th career home run was merely a footnote in the lopsided victory.<p>In three starts this season, Danks has given up only two runs - both on solo homers. He retired 19 of the final 21 batters, the exceptions a fifth-inning home run by <span class="ffp" ffpid="7521" ffpos="LF" ffconf="AL">Luke Scott</span> and a single in the seventh by <span class="ffp" ffpid="6930" ffpos="3B" ffconf="AL">Ty Wigginton</span>.<p>"It's a good game, obviously, on paper, but I didn't have a lot of fun," Danks said. "After the third, I had 60 pitches and I was hoping just to get through five, maybe to the sixth. The goal is to get deeper in the game and get more efficient. As the game went on, that's what I did."<p>Guthrie (2-1) gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. Baltimore's opening day starter yielded at least one hit in every inning but the sixth, the only time he retired the side in order.<p>"The difference between Jeremy and Danks tonight was location of the pitches," Trembley said. "Right from the very first inning, the White Sox made Jeremy work to get outs."<p>Chicago scored in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead, then coasted to the finish.<p>"Not my best stuff," Guthrie acknowledged. "It's a real good ballclub and they put some early runs up there and got some great pitching from John."<p>Thome's opposite-field solo shot to left put the White Sox up 4-0 in the third. It was Thome's fourth homer of the season, and it put the 38-year-old slugger within three of 13th-place Mike Schmidt on the career list.<p><span class="ffp" ffpid="7890" ffpos="3B" ffconf="AL">Josh Fields</span> went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs for Chicago, and <span class="ffp" ffpid="8321" ffpos="2B" ffconf="AL">Chris Getz</span> had three hits, two RBIs and scored three runs.<p>"We don't have to rely on just the big boys. Everyone contributed," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Getz had a big game and I am excited about Fields."<p>Chicago got a first-inning run when Getz led off with a single and scored on a single by <span class="ffp" ffpid="7485" ffpos="LF" ffconf="AL">Carlos Quentin</span>.<p>The White Sox made it 3-0 in the second. Guthrie walked .159 hitter <span class="ffp" ffpid="8169" ffpos="SS" ffconf="AL">Alexei Ramirez</span>, who stole second and scored on a two-out single by Getz. An ill-advised throw home by center fielder <span class="ffp" ffpid="7812" ffpos="CF" ffconf="AL">Adam Jones</span> allowed Getz to take second, and Fields followed with a ground-rule double.<p>"My job is to go out there and put up zeros on the board," Danks said, "but the runs did help for sure."<p>Danks retired 11 straight batters before Scott connected to get Baltimore to 4-1.<p>After Getz led off the seventh with a single, Fields greeted <span class="ffp" ffpid="7853" ffpos="RP" ffconf="AL">Dennis Sarfate</span> with a two-run homer. In the eighth, <span class="ffp" ffpid="7489" ffpos="CF" ffconf="AL">Brian Anderson</span> doubled in a run and Getz followed with a sacrifice fly.<p>Wigginton hit a run-scoring grounder in the ninth against <span class="ffp" ffpid="7212" ffpos="RP" ffconf="AL">Matt Thornton</span>.<p><h4>Notes</h4><p>The crowd of 10,868 on a chilly night barely surpassed the Camden Yards record low of 10,507, last April against Tampa Bay. ... Danks improved to 9-3 lifetime on the road, and recorded his eighth career pickoff, against <span class="ffp" ffpid="6741" ffpos="2B" ffconf="AL">Brian Roberts</span> in the first inning. ... Orioles RHP <span class="ffp" ffpid="7975" ffpos="RP" ffconf="AL">Alfredo Simon</span> will undergo season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery soon, club president Andy MacPhail said. ... Baltimore's <span class="ffp" ffpid="7707" ffpos="RF" ffconf="AL">Nick Markakis</span> got two hits and is batting .417 during a nine-game hitting streak.<p></p>
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Danks, White Sox blast by Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) - In a matchup of two very good starting pitchers, John Danks outperformed Jeremy Guthrie in almost every way.

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"Danks had three things we were a little short on: He had command of his pitches, movement and he changed speeds," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said Wednesday night after the Chicago White Sox pinned an 8-2 loss on Guthrie and the Orioles.

Danks (2-0) allowed one run, four hits and no walks in a season-high seven innings. The left-hander was so good, Jim Thome's 545th career home run was merely a footnote in the lopsided victory.

In three starts this season, Danks has given up only two runs - both on solo homers. He retired 19 of the final 21 batters, the exceptions a fifth-inning home run by Luke Scott and a single in the seventh by Ty Wigginton.

"It's a good game, obviously, on paper, but I didn't have a lot of fun," Danks said. "After the third, I had 60 pitches and I was hoping just to get through five, maybe to the sixth. The goal is to get deeper in the game and get more efficient. As the game went on, that's what I did."

Guthrie (2-1) gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. Baltimore's opening day starter yielded at least one hit in every inning but the sixth, the only time he retired the side in order.

"The difference between Jeremy and Danks tonight was location of the pitches," Trembley said. "Right from the very first inning, the White Sox made Jeremy work to get outs."

Chicago scored in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead, then coasted to the finish.

"Not my best stuff," Guthrie acknowledged. "It's a real good ballclub and they put some early runs up there and got some great pitching from John."

Thome's opposite-field solo shot to left put the White Sox up 4-0 in the third. It was Thome's fourth homer of the season, and it put the 38-year-old slugger within three of 13th-place Mike Schmidt on the career list.

Josh Fields went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs for Chicago, and Chris Getz had three hits, two RBIs and scored three runs.

"We don't have to rely on just the big boys. Everyone contributed," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Getz had a big game and I am excited about Fields."

Chicago got a first-inning run when Getz led off with a single and scored on a single by Carlos Quentin.

The White Sox made it 3-0 in the second. Guthrie walked .159 hitter Alexei Ramirez, who stole second and scored on a two-out single by Getz. An ill-advised throw home by center fielder Adam Jones allowed Getz to take second, and Fields followed with a ground-rule double.

"My job is to go out there and put up zeros on the board," Danks said, "but the runs did help for sure."

Danks retired 11 straight batters before Scott connected to get Baltimore to 4-1.

After Getz led off the seventh with a single, Fields greeted Dennis Sarfate with a two-run homer. In the eighth, Brian Anderson doubled in a run and Getz followed with a sacrifice fly.

Wigginton hit a run-scoring grounder in the ninth against Matt Thornton.

Notes

The crowd of 10,868 on a chilly night barely surpassed the Camden Yards record low of 10,507, last April against Tampa Bay. ... Danks improved to 9-3 lifetime on the road, and recorded his eighth career pickoff, against Brian Roberts in the first inning. ... Orioles RHP Alfredo Simon will undergo season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery soon, club president Andy MacPhail said. ... Baltimore's Nick Markakis got two hits and is batting .417 during a nine-game hitting streak.


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