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TUCSON, Ariz. – John Danks was all giddy about making the start on Wednesday, because the wind at Tucson Electric Park was blowing in.

Maybe in right field, but as the White Sox lefty found out in the first inning, not left.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo home run off Danks in the two-run Colorado first inning, but was solid after that, allowing just three hits and another unearned run in two innings of work. He also had three strikeouts.
Offensively, the Sox got on the board in the second when Josh Fields picked up the RBI single.
After his outing, Danks was not only thrilled to wear the Northern Illinois University cap in memory of the five students killed at the campus earlier this month, but pleased with the cutter he has been working on since late last year.
“Obviously it was a tragedy, and being in Illinois, everything that happens there, we feel we’re connected to it,’’ Danks said of the team honoring the school.
As far as the cutter and the results?
“It was great,’’ Danks said. “Better than I thought it would be for the first time out. The pitch Tulowitzki hit out, I felt was the best pitch I threw. He just got it up in the jet stream up there.’’

There seemed to be more news off the field on Wednesday than on, however.

-- For the second time in eight years, a Jeff Berry represented player refused to sign off on his one-year contract, forcing the Sox to renew the deal and set the 2008 salary by next week.
Pitcher Mark Buehrle was the last to make that decision, before it was announced that Josh Fields chose that path on Wednesday.
“It’s something that I don’t really think matters right now,’’ Fields said. “It’s no disrespect between us and the Sox. It’s not like I’m trying to say, ‘I want more money,’ because I can’t afford to do that. They can say, ‘Go back to [Class AAA] Charlotte.’ ’’
Buehrle seemed to make a bigger deal of it when he went through it, while the understated Fields was in more of the downplay mode.
“Ultimately, it was my decision,’’ he continued. “Everyone understood where we stood. It’s something a player can decide to do.’’
There is a reason behind why Berry advises players to do it, however.
Basically, if the two sides ever do get to an arbitration hearing, the player and his camp can say, “Hey, we’ve been unhappy with our salary even back when.’’
Fields is coming off a year in which he became the everyday third baseman when Joe Crede was sidelined with season-ending surgery. In 100 games, he hit .244 with 23 home runs, 67 RBI and 125 strikeouts.

--Besides Fields, the Sox announced that 21 players agreed to terms on their one-year contracts, headlined by John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Bobby Jenks, Danny Richar, Brian Anderson, Jerry Owens and Carlos Quentin.
And while Jenks told the Sun-Times last month that he was looking to get a contract extension leading into this season, he had no problem with the decision that was made to possibly revisit talks following the ’08 campaign.
“That’s between the front office and my agent,’’ Jenks said. “I worry about what I do on the field and let them take care of the rest.’’

--Richar arrived into camp six days late, after his visa problems were cleared up. The infielder will be battling Juan Uribe and Alexei Ramirez for the starting job at second base.
“When I was at home I was worried,’’ Richar said. “I was telling myself, ‘Oh, those other guys are there working out.’ But I’m here and now I have to show that I’m ready, and was working out in the Dominican.’’

--As far as the injury front, Owens was a late scratch from the Cactus League opener, as his groin is still not game ready, while reliever Matt Thornton remained a few days behind because of left elbow soreness that slowed him at the start of camp. Thornton is expected to be ready by Sunday, while Owens is day-to-day.

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Tough luck for Owens & he better pray to God he gets healthy quick. The White Sox have no patience for injuries in ST this yr & if Owens sits too long they'll make a move either to sign Patterson or trade for Crisp. They won't hesitate sending Owens to Charlotte if he can't stay healthy in ST.

We just might as well get use to it. One loss today----several losses when the season starts.

This 2008 team is soooooo baddddddddd.......

I AM JOINING THE WHITE SOX BOYCOTT FOR 2008!!!!!!!!!!!

I will also be joining the boycott.

Jim

Boycott the white sox!

Dewon Day Lives another day! To all White Sox fans, have you ever seen a major league pitcher as bad as Dewon Day. Dewon Day= Bad, bad, bad, bad

Seriously - you guys need to come down off of the ledge! I have nothing but contempt for idiots that spew hatred and negativity about a professional baseball team. You win some, you lose some. The games need to be played to determine how good or bad a team is and it is the beginning of SPRING TRAINING for crying out loud. I am a fan of this team good or bad. I may be frustrated that the team didn't get this guy or that guy - but I am still sticking with the team I have followed my entire life. Get a grip you losers.

i can't wait to see all you boycotters ugly faces at the games if the white sox happen to be winners thise year...you are what we call fair weather fans...you have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to the white sox

the boycotters are not even real fans
so whos gonna miss them anyway?

How many runs did Vasquz give up?? Let me see. Its only spring training. Where did we end up last year?? Oh, 3 games in front of Kansas City.

White sox pitching is horrendous! Over pitched tired useless arms and fat overweight old slow outfielders. Boy i just cant wait until the season starts!!!

10 games behind the Tigers in May!!!

Someone please help this pathetic organization......

From the great fifties----GO, GO SOX!

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