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Danks sharp in final spring start

Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 11:17 p.m. CDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The White Sox moved closer to regular season form Saturday.

John Danks was sharp in his final outing before starting on Opening Day, pitching six innings for the Sox on Saturday in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Danks allowed a run and three hits, walking none and striking out two while throwing 69 pitches. He will pitch Friday at Texas.

“You like to have a good one going into the season,” Danks said.  “It was 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.

Adam Dunn hit his fifth spring home run, connecting in the ninth for the Sox against Matt Reynolds.

Earlier in the day, the Sox made moves to reach the 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 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,” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He plays a lot of different positions.”

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