Nice tip: John Danks scoreless since Navarro noticed trend

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White Sox starter John Danks has thrown 11-straight scoreless innings. (AP)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Through three spring starts, John Danks’ spring ERA was 12.10.

Dioner Navarro told his pitcher something after catching him against the Diamondbacks: his glove location was tipping his pitches.

“I might still be pitching against Arizona if he didn’t tell me that,” Danks said.

Since then, when Danks let his glove rest against his stomach, he’s pitched 11 scoreless innings — including six Wednesday. He allowed seven hits to the Padres, striking out six and walking one, in a 6-1 win.

“I think that’s my job, as a catcher, to get to know my guys — what they do and don’t do, and try to help them out as much as I can,” said Navarro, signed to a one-year, $4 million deal this offseason. “It kinda makes me a little proud that he kinda took notice and worked on it.”

Navarro had likely noticed before — as an opponent, he’d gone 11-for-26 with three homers, three doubles and five RBIs against the White Sox lefty.

“I trust him,” Danks said. “He told me exactly what I was doing. We fixed it and it hasn’t been an issue since.”

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