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Abreu homers and White Sox beat Reds 9-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jose Abreu hit a three-run home run and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 on Wednesday.

The final game of the spring at Camelback Ranch featured high wind, occasional dust, five errors and two replay reviews — both upheld.

Abreu's homer, his third of the spring, came against Reds starter Brett Marshall in Chicago's four-run fourth.

Adam Eaton had four of the White Sox's 16 hits.

White Sox starter John Danks, in his final tuneup for the season, didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning and struck out five. He finished the spring with a 2.96 ERA in six starts.


Reds: Marshall entered Wednesday with a 2.08 ERA in four spring starts. But he was knocked around by the White Sox, giving up 12 hits and seven runs in five innings. He also hit a batter and committed an error on a high throw to first.

"He's a better pitcher than he pitched today," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "They put some balls in play. They had some soft hits, they had some balls they hit right on the screws.

"In the four-run inning, there were two outs and nobody on and the No. 9 hitter (Leury Garcia) got a four-pitch walk followed by a hard base hit, a soft hit and then a homer, and it ends up being a problem."

Marshall is a contender for the No. 5 starter behind Johnny Cueto, Tony Cingrani, Homer Bailey and Mat Latos.

"We know he's got good stuff. It was tough conditions," Price said of Marshall. "That being said, you know, he could have thrown the ball better than he did today."

White Sox: Danks says he plans to throw some extended bullpen sessions before his first start, which will be next week. Chris Sale goes in Monday's opener against Minnesota.

Danks got in a lot of work Wednesday, going 102 pitches in six innings. He went out for the seventh, retired Ramon Santiago on a grounder on the first pitch, and then was relieved.

"I told Coop (pitching coach Don Cooper) that I'm feeling strong enough and healthy enough to go out there for 120," he said. "I want to be a guy that gives us a chance to save a bullpen, so we'll see how that goes."

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