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Danks roughed up by Angels

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- John Danks had his second rough outing in a row on Thursday, and this time the cold weather wasn't to blame.

Pitching on a hot, sunny day at Diablo Stadium, Danks was lifted after going through the Angels lineup two times. Danks threw 61 pitches over 3 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits, including Mike Trout's leadoff home run. Danks walked one and struck out two.

The outing follows Danks 2 1/3 inning stint against the Diamondbacks in chilly, wet conditions on Saturday in which he gave up seven hits and five runs.

Danks believes he's still on course to break camp with the team.

"I think so,'' Danks said. "I haven't heard anything different. Going back to what Dr. Romeo said, there's nothing else I can do. We're at the mercy of my shoulder, really. I'm going to go out and keep doing what I'm doing. Hopefully we'll start to see better results starting with the next time.''

"It's a team sport and wins driven. I fully anticipate them taking the best five [starters] they have at that time. Hopefully I'm one of them. I have no doubts I will be.''

Danks faced a tough lineup that included Trout, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo.

"Obviously the results don't show, but I feel like this was probably one of my better outings just in terms of seeing some results,'' Danks said. "I threw some good changeups, I was able to get the cutter working toward the end. Obviously I gotta get the ball down, but that'll come. There's plenty of positives to take out of it. Obviously you don't like to come out of it like that, but it's another small step. I won't say a leap, but it's a small step in the right direction.''

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