Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts on the South Side of Chicago. It's the baddest part of town, and if you go down there, you better just beware, your team might not score any runs against the White Sox's pitching staff.
Game of the Day: White Sox 1, Angels 0
Danks, you were fabulous: With respect to Jake Peavy(notes), left-hander John Danks(notes) was probably the White Sox's best pitcher even before Peavy's season-ending injury. Danks has a 1.13 WHIP and is allowing opponents to bat just .219.
No Angels — on base: Against the Anaheimers, Danks allowed two hits — consecutive singles to start the seventh inning — and no walks in his first career complete game. On a muggy afternoon, he finished in a timely 1 hour, 50 minutes.
"On a day like today, you don't want to be standing around out there, don't want your defense standing around out there," Danks said.
"My stuff was very good. Quick game, too," Santana said. "He was throwing strikes, I was throwing strikes. Whoever made the mistake wouldn't win. … It was intense. Impressive."
Hideous: More impressive for the Sox, who won for the 22nd time in 27 games to creep within a half-game of the first-place Detroit Tigers. They've turned their season around in large part because of their pitching, like the '83 team that started 16-24 but ended up running away with the old AL West.
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They Also Played...
Phillies 4, Reds 3 (12 inn.): Schneider was the fix-it man on "One Day at a Time" and Brian Schneider(notes) fixed this game for the Phillies with a tie-breaking home run in extras. It's all in the tool belt.
Yankees 3, Mariners 1: See anything else you like, Yanks? ... On the 16th anniversary of A-Rod's major league debut, he struck the go-ahead single in the ninth. It had almost slipped my mind that he played for the M's. Not like with Ken Griffey.
D-backs 10, Marlins 4: Kirk Gibson improves to 2-5 as a manager. He was going to bring in the hypnotist from "The Natural" next. "Losing is a disease ... "
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