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Danks improving; Beckham could be back by week's end

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John Danks will be with the White Sox this week as the team prepares his next rehab move.
Danks has made four rehab starts, and though he is giving up some runs and walks, general manager Rick Hahn said that is less the concern.
``Any time a guy is on a rehab assignment, you shouldn't put too much into their performance. Hopefully they perform well, but the real goal is to get through the work healthy and work on whatever elements of their mechanics or pitch adjustments they're there to work on to get them game-ready,'' he said.
Danks is coming back from a more serious shoulder operation, which makes his rehab different from second baseman Gordon Beckham [hamate bone removed], who could be back by the end of the week, manager Robin Ventura said.
``He's got a few hits [Sunday, going 3-for-5 for Class AAA Charlotte],'' Ventura said. ``I think it's starting back over with spring training--not physically, because he's been running around doing stuff. It's more his eyes and reaction. He's missed a month [since April 10] so it's like having spring training all over again.''

STILL THE CAPTAIN
Paul Konerko had three hits on Saturday as he continues to try to break out of a prolonged slump. But the team's better play of late has helped deal with the struggles.
``Obviously, if personally it's not going well or you're not getting the results you want and the team is not doing well, it's kind of a double whammy,'' he said. ``The better a team can get going, you can kind of chip in here, and if you're not doing as much, you can kind of throw in something to help in a winning fashion.
``Sometimes the only positive you take is that you can go home knowing you have everything you gave everything you had.''

HITTING STREAKS
Alex Rios extending his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the first Monday off Boston's Jon Lester.
But more important to him is that the Sox had won four of their last six entering the series.
``Personal stats don't mean anything. You play for the team,'' he said.

STORM FRIGHT
Ventura went to college at Oklahoma State, which made the devastation of Monday's tornadoes more personal.
``We had a couple of them when I was at school,'' he said. ``It's scary. I was from California so I didn't know anything about it. It's some scary stuff. I think 1999 was the last one and it hit the same area. It's scary and there's nothing you can do about it.''
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