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Sunday was a good day for the Danks brothers. It was also an historic day.
John Danks started for White Sox in their 5-2 win over the Rangers and U.S. Cellular Field, and the left-hander picked up the win after allowing 2 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.
Jordan Danks didn't start for the Sox, but he entered the game in the fourth inning when right fielder Avisail Garcia had to exit after slamming into the fence chasing down Jeff Baker's 2-run homer.
In the bottom of the fourth, Jordan Danks snapped a 2-2 tie with a solo home run off Texas starter Matt Garza (3-2).
According to Elias, Jordan Danks became the first player to homer with his brother on the mound since June 3, 1955, when Billy Shantz cleared the fence for the Kansas City Athletics while brother Bobby was pitching.
"I think it's pretty cool," Jordan Danks said. "Anytime I'm able to come into the game, especially when John's pitching, I definitely want to do something cool. I wasn't trying to hit a home run there but I ended up running into one. It was a very cool feeling."
John Danks appreciated the support, to say the least.
"Obviously we hope Avi's OK, and I went and apologized to him for letting (Baker) hit the ball that hard out there to him," Danks said. "That was fun to see. Obviously, it's a little extra special that it was Jordan. For us to score 2 and we give 2 right back, it kind of took the wind out of our sails a little bit, and he picked us up. It was a big boost to us and like I said, it's extra special that it was Jordan."
Jordan Danks has bounced between the Sox and Class AAA Charlotte for the second straight season, but he's been getting a little more playing time and is riding an eight-game hitting streak.
"Jordan's a good ballplayer," John Danks said. "He's getting some consistent ABs and we're seeing what he can do. It's fun to see your little brother have a little success in the big leagues. It's something we don't take for granted. We know how special it is that we get to play together and we're enjoying every moment of it."
Avisail Garcia slammed his head and right shoulder into the fence trying to catch Jeff Baker's eventual home run, and he looked woozy walking off the field.
Garcia did tell White Sox manager Robin Ventura that he was fine, and apparently said he'll be ready to play Monday.
"He's good," Ventura said. "Some of that is he was a little dehydrated last night, so I think that was probably some of it today. I think he just felt a little light-headed. They ran all the tests and everything. He doesn't have a concussion. When he comes in tomorrow, you look at it. We'll look at it again when he gets here."
White Sox bench coach Mark Parent was ejected before Sunday's game even started after arguing with umpire Jerry Layne while lineups were being exchanged.
Parent was not available for comment after the game, but he apparently carried over a beef he had with Layne from Saturday night.
"I guess no use in waiting around," Adam Dunn said. "You might as well just get it done. It was hot out there."
What did Parent say to Layne?
"No idea," Dunn said. "I think he was asking for his address to send him a Christmas card or something."
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