One bad inning
White Sox lefty John Danks gave up four runs in the fourth Friday, three on a homer by Luis Valbuena. Manager Robin Ventura said Danks has looked stronger in each start and is stronger overall this year. He threw 99 pitches, including the extra 20 in the bullpen.
Catcher Tyler Flowers left in the middle of an at-bat because of a cramp behind his left knee. Ventura said it was precautionary. Jose Abreu played only four innings so he could rest his ankles, which have bothered him at times.
Lindstrom passes test
Pitching for the first time this spring because of a strained oblique, right-hander Matt Lindstrom got two ground balls and a strikeout. He will pitch again Sunday, which is key. “It’s when you get him back out there that you’re going to find out really how he’s feeling,’’ Ventura said.
Gordon Beckham (strained left oblique) planned to begin some level of activity Saturday after being shut down for seven days. Because of the delicate nature of oblique injuries, there is some skepticism that Beckham will be ready for Opening Day, but not from him. “I’m not in any sort of pain anymore,’’ he said. “There’s some soreness there, but I think that’s more scar tissue-related. It will break up once I start moving around.’’
Split squads, Giants at Sox, 3:05, CSN, 670-AM, Tim Hudson vs. Felipe Paulino; Sox at Padres, 3:05, Chris Beck vs. Tyson Ross.