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Abreu homers and White Sox beat Reds 9-5

By JACK THOMPSON
Associated Press
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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.

STARTING TIME

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.''

KONERKO'S LAST STAND

Paul Konerko is finishing up his final spring training, and is concentrating on the basics.

''The last few days here, I try to make sure I'm taking care of all the small stuff,'' the 38-year-old White Sox captain said. ''I don't want to get away from myself and go 2-3 days without taking ground balls, doing stuff in the (batting) cage.

''You kind of get back to where you were the first couple of days of spring, back to the basics. Just to kind of reinforce that stuff before you get going.''

Konerko isn't sure if he'll play Opening Day against Minnesota, and manager Robin Ventura hadn't gotten that far either. But Konerko said that wasn't important and that his approach won't change.

''Opening Days are always different than the rest of the year. They're great. You remember all of them, what years, where you opened up, who did you face. You take it as it comes.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said infielder Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) will begin the season on the disabled list and it's likely that second baseman Gordon Beckham (oblique) is heading that way.

''He's getting better, but he's not going to be able to get there in time,'' Ventura said of Beckham. ''There's nothing about rushing at this point. It's better for him and us if he's here the whole year.''

CACTUS CONCLUSIONS

The final game at Camelback Ranch for the spring drew 4,713 fans. . Reds first baseman Joey Votto struck out twice in three at bats, and slammed his bat and helmet down when he was ruled to have swung for a third-inning strikeout. . The White Sox finish Cactus League play Thursday when they play the Cubs in Mesa. The Reds wrap it up with split-squad games on Thursday, one against an Arizona split squad in Goodyear and the other at the Brewers' Maryvale facility.

 
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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Bourgeois, LF5121000 .267
Chris Nelson, 3B4011101 .333
Joey Votto, 1B3000021 .250
   a-Travis Mattair, PH-1B2011001 .267
Ryan Ludwick, DH5000014 .236
Jay Bruce, RF2100110 .271
   b-Felix Perez, PH-RF1000010 .000
Brayan Pena, C3111000 .214
   Neftali Soto, C1010000 .378
Roger Bernadina, CF4011022 .409
Ramon Santiago, SS3000002 .209
Kris Negron, 2B4220022 .317
Brett Marshall, P00000001.000
   Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   Nick Christiani, P0000000 .000
Totals3759529  
a-singled for Votto in the 7th
b-struck out for Bruce in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Bourgeois (1, Downs), Brayan Pena (4, Danks), Kris Negron (4, Downs)
RBI - Jason Bourgeois (2), Chris Nelson (7), Travis Mattair (2), Brayan Pena (3), Roger Bernadina (11)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Mattair (1), Roger Bernadina (5)
SB - Roger Bernadina (1, 3rd base off Danks/Nieto)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - B. Pena-Votto
E - Brett Marshall (1, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Marshall (L,3-1) 51277151 5.00
Manny Parra 1000000 0.90
Sam LeCure 1111000 7.00
Nick Christiani 1211000 1.64
HBP - De Aza (by Brett Marshall)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Marshall 43-37, Manny Parra 3-3, Sam LeCure 4-4, Nick Christiani 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Marshall 5-4, Manny Parra 1-2, Sam LeCure 1-2, Nick Christiani 1-2
Batters Faced - Brett Marshall 28, Manny Parra 3, Sam LeCure 4, Nick Christiani 5
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF5240001 .352
Marcus Semien, 3B4112023 .340
Jose Abreu, 1B5223012 .283
Adam Dunn, DH5012001 .204
Avisail Garcia, RF4120001 .262
Alejandro De Aza, LF2101001 .356
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010012 .241
Adrian Nieto, C4011010 .250
Leury Garcia, 2B3230100 .314
John Danks, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Donnie Veal, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
Totals36915915  
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn (2, Marshall), Leury Garcia (1, Christiani)
3B - Avisail Garcia (2, LeCure)
HR - Jose Abreu (3, Marshall)
SF - Marcus Semien (1), Alejandro De Aza (1)
RBI - Marcus Semien 2 (6), Jose Abreu 3 (12), Adam Dunn 2 (6), Alejandro De Aza (5), Adrian Nieto (6)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Semien (2), Jose Abreu 3 (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Eaton 1
E - John Danks (1, Throwing), Leury Garcia 2 (4, Misplayed grounder), Adrian Nieto (1, Throwing)
PB - Adrian Nieto (1)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Danks (W,1-1) 6.1431150 2.96
Zach Putnam (H,3) 1311120 2.53
Donnie Veal (H,3) 0.2000010 4.00
Scott Downs 1211010 13.50
WP - John Danks (2)
HBP - Santiago (by John Danks)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 42-36, Zach Putnam 14-10, Donnie Veal 4-4, Scott Downs 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 8-7, Zach Putnam 1-0, Donnie Veal 1-0, Scott Downs 2-0
Batters Faced - John Danks 26, Zach Putnam 7, Donnie Veal 2, Scott Downs 5
Game Information
Attendance - 4713
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Brad Myers, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Chad Whitson