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Chi. White Sox (6-4)0400410009131
Arizona (6-7) «30160010x11170

Diamondbacks 11, White Sox 9

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - In a matchup of starting pitchers coming back from serious injuries, the offense grabbed the spotlight.

Adam Eaton had four hits, Aaron Hill added three, Eric Chavez knocked in three runs, and A.J Pollack homered and drove in two runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 11-9 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday

Starting pitchers Brandon McCarthy of the Diamondbacks, and Chicago's John Danks struggled, but their spring training numbers aren't the main concern now.

McCarthy is coming back from a skull fracture and other head and brain injuries, sustained in September when the 6-foot-7 pitcher was struck by a line drive off the bat of Los Angeles Angel infielder Eric Aybar.

On Saturday, his third outing of the spring, McCarthy went three innings against his former club, allowing four runs and seven hits, and striking out one.

"I was kind of out of sync. I just didn't feel like mechanically it was great," McCarthy said. "If it was the regular season there are some things I might do differently. It wouldn't be an acceptable outing in the regular season."

Because of left shoulder problems and season-ending surgery in August, Danks pitched in only nine games in 2012 - the last on May 19. The 28-year-old made his second spring start on Saturday.

The lefty allowed four runs - three earned - seven hits and two walks. He struck out two in his 2 1-3 innings and threw pain free.

"It is still a work in progress," Danks said. "I wasn't throwing as hard as I anticipate throwing before it is all said and done, but I threw all four pitches and there weren't any restraints.

"I'd be lying if I didn't look at results. In the grand scheme of things the most important thing was just going out there and being healthy."

Arizona's six-run, seven-hit fourth inning gave the Diamondbacks the lead for good. The 11 runs and 17 hits were both the most they have had this spring.

"We had a lot of good hitting," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "I wanted to get my lefties against lefties. That is why I DH-ed Hinske, and I had Chavey (Eric Chavez) in there."

Tony Sipp pitched a scoreless inning for the victory. Rommie Lewis threw a perfect ninth to earn the save.

Matt Thornton gave up six runs and five hits, and got only two outs in the loss.

Paul Konerko went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, and Josh Bell added a two-run shot for Chicago.

NOTES: The Diamondbacks will play a "B" game on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Among the pitchers scheduled to throw is Josh Booty. Booty is in camp following his win on the reality show "The Knuckler." Under the tutelage of former knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield, contestants learned how to throw the pitch. The hurler deemed to have the best knuckler was allowed to participate in the Diamondbacks' training camp. Booty has also been throwing a fastball, which tops off at around 89 mph. ... Konerko extended his streak of getting a hit to eight at-bats with a leadoff single in the second inning. It ended in the third when center fielder Eaton made a diving catch of Konerko's sinking line drive.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

A. Eaton
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jared Mitchell, RF4120000 .450
    Trayce Thompson, RF1000000 .000
Gordon Beckham, 2B3010001 .250
    Carlos Sanchez, PR-2B2100001 .143
Jeff Keppinger, 3B3020000 .476
    Conor Gillaspie, PR-3B1101010 .333
Paul Konerko, 1B3223001 .409
    Seth Loman, 1B1000010 .286
   a- Josh Phegley, PH1000000 .313
Dayan Viciedo, LF3110001 .273
    Stefan Gartrell, LF0000100 .222
Alexei Ramirez, SS3122000 .294
    Steve Tolleson, SS1000001 .300
Tyler Flowers, C3110003 .333
    Hector Gimenez, C1000000 .545
Josh Bell, DH3112110 .500
Keenyn Walker, CF3011010 .263
    Jordan Danks, CF1000000 .143
Totals37913924  
a-flied out for Loman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alexei Ramirez (2, McCarthy), Tyler Flowers (2, M. Reynolds)
3B - Jared Mitchell (2, Smith)
HR - Paul Konerko (4, M. Reynolds), Josh Bell (2, McCarthy)
SF - Conor Gillaspie (1)
RBI - Conor Gillaspie (8), Paul Konerko 3 (8), Alexei Ramirez 2 (3), Josh Bell 2 (7), Keenyn Walker (1)
2-OUT RBI - Keenyn Walker (1)
SB - Jared Mitchell (1, 2nd base off McCarthy/Nieves)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Jeff Keppinger (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Danks 2.1743221 8.31
Ramon Troncoso 0.2000010 1.17
Matt Thornton (L,0-1) 0.2566100 81.00
Nate Jones 0.1200010 0.00
Hector Santiago 2200220 4.50
Simon Castro 2111010 1.29
WP - John Danks (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 27-19, Ramon Troncoso 4-4, Matt Thornton 11-7, Nate Jones 5-5, Hector Santiago 20-12, Simon Castro 9-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 4-2, Ramon Troncoso 1-0, Hector Santiago 1-3, Simon Castro 3-2
Batters Faced - John Danks 17, Ramon Troncoso 2, Matt Thornton 8, Nate Jones 3, Hector Santiago 10, Simon Castro 7
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF5142001 .405
    Tuffy Gosewisch, C1000000 .167
Aaron Hill, 2B4131001 .429
    Josh Wilson, 2B2000011 .357
Jason Kubel, LF3220212 .250
    Brad Snyder, PR-CF^RF0000000 .200
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4111013 .429
    Matt Davidson, 3B1000012 .174
Eric Chavez, 3B4223003 .421
    Kila Ka'aihue, 1B1110000 .313
A.J. Pollock, RF3222100 .259
   a- Ollie Linton, PH-CF1000001 .000
Eric Hinske, DH3021102 .368
   b- Didi Gregorius, PH-DH0001000 .250
Wil Nieves, C4000006 .143
    Alfredo Marte, LF1000010 .150
John McDonald, SS3100121 .294
    Nick Ahmed, SS1000000 .182
Totals4111171157  
a-flied out for Pollock in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Hinske in the 7th
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (2, Thornton), Kila Ka'aihue (1, Castro)
HR - A.J. Pollock (1, Danks)
SF - Didi Gregorius (1)
RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (7), Aaron Hill (4), Paul Goldschmidt (2), Eric Chavez 3 (6), A.J. Pollock 2 (2), Eric Hinske (4), Didi Gregorius (1)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (6), Aaron Hill (1), Eric Chavez 2 (4), Eric Hinske (1)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Eaton 1
DP - Wilson-Ahmed-Ka'aihue
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon McCarthy 3744011 6.75
Tony Sipp (W,1-0) 1000010 4.50
Matt Reynolds (H,2) 1544101 10.80
Eric Smith (H,2) 1111010 1.69
Zeke Spruill (H,2) 2000100 1.50
Rommie Lewis (S,1) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 22-20, Tony Sipp 5-5, Matt Reynolds 14-8, Eric Smith 6-6, Zeke Spruill 9-5, Rommie Lewis 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 2-6, Tony Sipp 1-1, Matt Reynolds 1-1, Eric Smith 1-1, Zeke Spruill 3-2, Rommie Lewis 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 16, Tony Sipp 3, Matt Reynolds 8, Eric Smith 4, Zeke Spruill 6, Rommie Lewis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12468
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - A.J. Johnson, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Seth Buckminster