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OAK@MIL: Milone hurls seven strong frames vs. Brewers

A's left-hander Tommy Milone did everything in his last start.

Not only did he allow just two runs in seven innings for the win on Monday in Milwaukee, Milone went 2-for-4 with an RBI .

"I thought Tommy was pretty good," A's catcher John Jaso said after the start. "Oh yeah, and he was pitching. Typical Tommy. … But I think his highlight was in the batter's box. He was setting the bar pretty high."

Striking out four and surrendering no free passes in the outing, it marked his third straight winning decision. Milone has allowed only three walks in his last 19 innings and struck out 19.

While the bat will be out of his hands for Saturday's start against the White Sox in Chicago, Milone will try to duplicate that pitching performance.

Meanwhile, John Danks will be on the hill for Chicago, still looking for his first win in his fourth start since coming off the disabled list. He'll try to help the White Sox get just their second win in their last 12 games.

The left-hander pitched well enough to win in his last start against the Mariners, allowing three earned runs over six innings, striking out five and walking one.

"It's still a process. It was better than any game to this point," Danks said. "I was able to throw more strikes, get in pitchers' counts and throw four pitches for strikes. It was definitely a step in the right direction. But up here, it's not the Minors, you're not developing here. It's about winning games."

While Danks may have taken the loss, White Sox manager Robin Ventura had only positive things to say about the left-hander after the game.

"As far as seeing him pitch in Spring Training, this is the best he's looked as far as command and just coming out of his hand," Ventura said. "It was a good night for him as far as pitching. He had a couple that got him, but other than that, I liked the way he was throwing."

A's: Healy taken at No. 100
Oakland took Oregon infielder Ryan Healy with the No. 100 overall pick on Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Healy arrived at Oregon as a third baseman, but he moved to first as a freshman. That move allowed him to blossom into an excellent defender with above-average power.

Over the past three years, Healy has consistently been one of the best college hitters was a candidate for the Pac-12 Player of the Year.

White Sox: Cooper fills in for Ventura
• For Friday's contest against the A's, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper sat in as manager with Ventura in California for his daughter's high-school graduation and bench coach Mark Parent home for his son's graduation.

"If somebody came to me and said, 'Hey, we'd like you to be our manager,' then it would be on my mind," Cooper said. "Other than that, I don't think about that. I'm a pitching coach that's managing today in Robin's absence. My passion is pitching and White Sox pitching."

Cooper, 56, managed the final two games of the 2011 season when Ozzie Guillen was let out of his contract early, posting a 1-1 record against the Blue Jays.

Worth noting
• A's starting pitchers have allowed one run or fewer in 10 of the last 21 games.

A's closer Grant Balfour is a perfect 15-for-15 in save opportunities. He hasn't blown a save since April 29, 2012.

In eight career starts against the A's, Danks is 5-1 with a 2.26 ERA.

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