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BOS@TOR: Happ goes 5 1/3 shutout innings vs. Red Sox

Since last season, Jose Quintana has become the king of no-decisions.

Not only did the White Sox left-hander tie for fourth in the American League with 10 no-decisions last season, he also has two to begin the 2013 season.

Against the Indians on Friday, Quintana allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings without issuing a walk. But the White Sox couldn't plate any runs against Cleveland, and Quintana took the no-decision in a 1-0 loss.

That lack of offense has plagued Chicago in its last eight games, a stretch in which the team has gone 2-6 and is batting a combined .248.

They'll try and stop that trend on Wednesday as the White Sox face the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

"There are definitely things we need to clean up. We're not playing bad, but we're doing things that are helping the other team and giving them another shot at it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "For us to win we've got to be good at these things."

Meanwhile, Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ takes the hill looking for his third straight win to begin the season.

Happ got out of a crazy first inning during his last start against the Royals. After the 41-pitch inning, in which three runs scored, Happ was able to grind out a win by making it through five innings. In all, the left-hander allowed four runs on five hits.

Happ felt he might have been overthrowing in the first, but tried to relax and get more movement of his pitches in the later innings.

"My fastball wasn't working quite like I was hoping for," Happ said. "But I was able to settle down. I knew we were kind of short in the bullpen. I needed to bear down and get through some innings."

White Sox: Danks makes strides in rehab
• Left-hander John Danks, who is recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery, tossed six innings in an extended spring training game on Monday in Arizona.

Ventura was encouraged by the results and said Danks' velocity is getting better.

"He threw fine, it's a positive report," Ventura said. "People that have seen him are having positive reports. He's just feeling stronger and it's probably coming out of his hand a little better."

While there's still no timeline for Danks' return, Ventura said he will join the White Sox in the near future as a spectator.

Blue Jays: Bautista held out with back spasms
• Slugger Jose Bautista was out of the Blue Jays lineup for a second straight game on Tuesday with back spasms.

Bautista continues to be slowed by minor injuries early in the season and has now missed five games this season while appearing in only nine.

"The [doctors] don't think it's that big of a deal," manager John Gibbons said. "I don't want to sound like a broken record because we said that about his ankle, [but we want to] knock it out so it doesn't become an issue."

Worth noting
• White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper, who has been away from the team recovering from a case of diverticulitis, will rejoin the club on Friday in Chicago.

• The Blue Jays will celebrate the charitable achievements of the Jays Care Foundation from their efforts in 2012 on Wednesday. Last year the Jays Care Foundation invested more than $1.9 million in Canadian communities, impacting more than 23,000 children and youth across Canada.

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