Tempe

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The White Sox dropped their first road contest of the Cactus League Tuesday afternoon, losing 6-2 to the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium.  All eight runs were scored in the game’s first three innings.

“Cave needs to work on his game,” manager Robin Ventura said in response to a joking question about Art Kusnyer’s impact on the club.

“Again, defensively, I like what’s going on,” Ventura said on a day when Gordon Beckham again ranged all over the field and threw a baserunner out at home.  “I like that we’re being aggressive, stealing some bags, and not sitting back.”

Matt Thornton (1.0 IP), Nate Jones (2.0), Donnie Veal (1.0) and Anthony Carter (1.0) combined for five shutout innings.

John Danks (3 ER/2.0 IP) suffered the loss.

“It wasn’t fun,” the left-hander said.  “But better now than April.  The ball was doing what I wanted, but it wasn’t going where I wanted it.”

After the game, Ventura stopped just short of naming Danks the Sox Opening Day starter.

Right now,” Ventura said.  “He is going to be that guy.  I like him as that guy right now.  I’m not making it official, (but) it could schedule that way.”

Beckham went 2-2, Tyler Flowers 1-2 with a run and Brent Lillibridge added a double to lead the Sox offense.

Wednesday

With temperatures forecast to dip into the 60s here in the Valley, the White Sox take on the Milwaukee Brewers in a 1:05 p.m. game at Glendale.  Jake Peavy takes the hill for the Sox.

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