Saturday, March 24, 2007

John Danks Expected to Win No. 5 Starter's Spot

As many have predicted, John Danks appears to have won the competition for the White Sox No. 5 starter's spot, according to a Saturday broadcast by Chicago-based Channel 7.

Danks, who was acquired from the Rangers in December in the Brandon McCarthy trade, has a 4.22 ERA for the spring, compared to McCarthy's 7.40 ERA. Many observers see Danks as a rookie of the year candidate. His last four innings of one-hit ball may have done the trick.

If the report is correct, it would mean that two remaining starts scheduled for Danks' rivals Charlie Haeger and Gavin Floyd would be largely perfunctory. Both have struggled in their final appearances, apparently turning over the last starter's position to Danks by default as much as merit.

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