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Danks: Bautista acted like a clown

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TORONTO -- John Danks and the White Sox were none too pleased with home-run leader Jose Bautista's reaction to popping out to shortstop during the fourth inning of an 8-1 game on Sunday.

Bautista slammed his bat to the artificial turf about halfway down the first-base line. He and Danks exchanged words as Bautista passed him on his way to the Blue Jays dugout.

"I just told him to run the bases,'' Danks said. "He's out there acting like a f---ing clown. He's a good player. He's had a great year and a half, no doubt. He's been one of the best hitters in the league. He's out there acting like he's Babe Ruth or something. It's horse---- I think.''

The previous batter, Corey Patterson, had homered off Danks, who was well on his way to falling to 0-8 as the Sox lost 13-4.

The Blue Jays were winning big and Bautista reacted like it was a crucial out. Danks said the score of the game wasn't an issue with him.

"No, just the way he was acting,'' Danks said. "He ran halfway down the line and stopped and spiked his bat. I get it, he's upset at himself. I threw him a 3-1 fastball he missed and I threw him another heater. Like I said he's a good hitter. He's had a great couple of years but he isn't that good to act like he needs to be hitting every ball out of the ballpark.

"That's the way I feel. You know, I have pride -- I really do. I have had a pretty crappy year at this point but I have pride still I'm not going let him go out there and show me up like that.''

Bautista said his baserunning "should not be [Danks's] concern anyways."

"I was upset at missing a pitch, at myself,'' he said. "If he took it the wrong way, I'm sorry. I'm not here to make him feel good. It really doesn't matter to me what he thought. What I'm not going to allow is when I'm running by him, him yelling at me again, so I yelled back at him.''

Bautista was taken out of the game in the sixth inning.

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Danks, your problem isn't with Bautista it's with the way you are pitching. Quit being a wus and trying to deflect your problems onto others.

What a loser Danks every sense of the word.

Danks is the clown here. How about not showing up the best hitter in the game when you can't even get out of the first inning with a pitch count under 50? He shouldn't have any pride in the way he's pitching right now.

I cant figure Danks out, can anybody? Maybe this was the year they should have gone young anyway, and it wouldnt matter so much. Is Danks missing a pitch? With six pitchers can we make him number six give him the weaker opponent just get him one win please. The White Sox build players up and when they dont meet expectations we feel that we were sold a bill of goods, I like to judge players based on their performance on the field. Maybe Danks and Beckham just arent that good! The real scary thing is the veterans like Rios and Dunne who to me both look finished. As a fan going to a game shelling out $100 for tickets do I have a right to expect that the club field the players best able to win the game? Right now the prospect of watching Danks pitch again makes me cringe.

Danks really should apologize.

I can imagine the conversation:

Danks: "Stop taking things too seriously, it's just a game!"

Bautista: "If I thought like that, I wouldn't be leading the Major Leagues in half the offensive categories. How do you expect to improve on your 0-8 if you donm't play this game with passion?"

I'm from Toronto, and i thought coming to this website i might find people at "inside the White Sox" defending the home pitcher. Not so much. The reality is that Bautista is a pretty humble guy who is no way a show off. There's no way he was trying to show up Danks. There's ups and downs in this game. and right now Bautista is riding high and Danks isn't. But this is a great game where the last shall be first and some day it will turn because the Sox are a good team (way better than the Twins!) and Danks deserves to be in the bigs. All the best to you guys and, do us both a favour and take a few games from the Indians, and maybe the Tigers, too.

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