Rockies 3, White Sox 1
The Chicago White Sox moved closer to regular season form
John Danks was sharp in his final outing before starting on
opening day, pitching six innings for the White Sox on Saturday in
a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Danks allowed one run and three hits, walking none and striking
out two while throwing 69 pitches. He will pitch Friday at
”You like to have a good one going into the season,” Danks
said. ”It was a definitely a goal to finish on a good note.”
Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz threw six scoreless innings. He
gave up four hits, struck out two and walked one. Pomeranz will
join the Rockies’ rotation as their fifth starter April 15.
Pomeranz will start April 10 in the minors after being optioned
to Triple-A on Friday. The Rockies only need a four-man rotation at
the outset because they have an off day on the day Pomeranz will
pitch in the minors.
Pomeranz has come back from a glute injury this spring. He threw
”It was a little tight, but obviously nothing that was
affecting me,” he said. ”I was just trying to get ahead of
Adam Dunn hit his fifth spring home run, connecting in the ninth
for the White Sox against Matt Reynolds.
Wil Nieves homered for the Rockies.
Earlier in the day, the White Sox made moves to reach a 25-man
roster. Infielder Eduardo Escobar won the final bench job and
right-handers Nate Jones and Zach Stewart claimed the final two
spots in the bullpen.
Escobar hit .373 this spring. He batted .286 in nine games with
the White Sox last season in his first stint in the majors.
”From seeing him last year to seeing what he’s done this year,
he’s been great as far as maturing, getting stronger, doing a lot
of different things,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ”He
plays a lot of different positions.”
Jones had a 1.69 ERA. He has yet to pitch in the majors.
Stewart had a 3.72 ERA. He went 2-5 with a 6.22 ERA in 50 2-3
innings with the White Sox last season.
”I told them from Day One I’m going to come in and throw
strikes, and I tried to prove that as much as I could this
spring,” Jones said. ”Whatever my role is I’ll accept it and
embrace it and do whatever they ask me.”
NOTES: The White Sox optioned RHP Dylan Axelrod to Triple-A
Charlotte and reassigned RHP Brian Bruney, C Hector Gimenez, INF
Rey Olmedo and LHPs Leyson Septimo and Eric Stults to minor league
camp. … The White Sox signed OF Conor Jackson to a minor league
deal. The Texas Rangers released him this spring. He has hit .271
in 658 major league games with Arizona, Oakland and Boston. …
White Sox 3B Brent Morel was back in the lineup after experiencing
back stiffness Friday. … The Rockies could wait until Wednesday
to make their final roster decisions. They have yet to decide on
one or two bench players and a couple relievers. … The Rockies
will face their former teammate and starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez
when they play the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.