Sox Win Thanks to Danks…

Jordan Danks is a household name among Charlotte Knights fans. If he continues to play like he has this spring, Danks will be a household name among Sox fans this season.

The Texas native launched what proved to be a game-winning solo home run in the top of the 10th inning and the Sox beat the Cubs by a score of 7-5 on Sunday.

With the game tied 5-5, Danks led-off the 10th inning with his first home run of the spring and led the Sox (5-10) to their second-straight win.

Through 12 games this spring, Danks is hitting .333 with five runs scored, three doubles, one home run, two RBIs, and two walks. The 26-year-old outfielder is a non-roster invitee to camp and has certainly made a strong case to stick with the parent club.

Last season, he won MiLB’s Gold Glove award and also hit a career-high 14 home runs for the Charlotte Knights.

Other Sox players of note this spring:

Dan Johnson hit his second home run of the spring season on Sunday. Johnson is tied with Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers for tops on the Sox. The former International League MVP is hitting .263 with two home runs and five RBIs this spring.

Ray Olmedo has had a solid spring. The veteran infielder is hitting .417 (5-12) through 11 games. Olmedo, 30, spent the 2011 season with the Durham Bulls. The Venezuelan native has spent 8 of the last 9 seasons in the International League. He played for Louisville from 2003-2006, Syracuse in 2007, Columbus in 2008, and Durham in 2009 and 2011. Olmedo and Johnson were both on the Bulls last season.

Jose Quintana, 23, was signed by the White Sox this offseason, and so far, has been good this spring. A former New York Yankees farmhand, Quintana has not allowed a run in three appearances. A lefty, Quintana spent the 2011 campaign with Single-A Tampa and posted an impressive 10-2 mark with a 2.91 ERA in 30 games. The Colombian native has spent the past five seasons in the Minors and has a career Minor League record of 18-8 with a 2.76 ERA (82 games, 41 starts).

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