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MIA@KC: Santana holds Marlins to one run over six

John Danks' record really doesn't reflect how well he's been doing for a pitcher one year removed from shoulder surgery.

He's 2-10 with a 4.54 ERA but he's gone six innings or more in each of his last 10 starts, with seven quality starts in that time.

He will be opposed by right-hander Ervin Santana when the White Sox, who have won three straight road games after ending a 10-game road losing streak, travel to Kansas City for a three-game series that starts on Tuesday.

Danks underwent shoulder surgery last August and started the season on the disabled list, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he isn't worried about needing to limit the left-hander.

"Lately, you're just letting him pitch," Ventura said. "I think that's the biggest part for him coming back from his injury -- there's no restrictions on him. We don't have any training wheels on him or anything like that -- it's just let him go out and pitch."

Danks is 0-5 with a 4.70 ERA, 37 strikeouts and a .251 opponents' batting average over his last eight starts and has received just 2.52 average runs of support.

He suffered his fifth straight loss on Wednesday, allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Tigers. Danks gave up a game-tying three-run homer to Miguel Cabrera in the third inning.

He'll look to help the White Sox stay competitive against the Royals, whom they trail in the season series, 7-5.

Santana has been a beacon of consistency for the Royals, pitching six innings or more in all but two starts this season. In his last start, he went six innings against the Marlins, striking out three and allowing one run on eight hits and two walks.

Royals: Moustakas expected to return on Wednesday
Third baseman Mike Moustakas sat out Sunday's series finale in Detroit and will likely sit out again on Tuesday before returning on Wednesday against the White Sox.

He missed five games last week with a left calf strain, but started Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Tigers and was pulled after six innings.

"He's at 75 percent, and because the muscles are weakened, it starts to get fatigued and a little bit sore as the game goes on. It was starting to get a little bit sore and we got him out," manager Ned Yost said. "Because of that, with an off-day [Monday], it doesn't make any sense to try to push him through it right now."

White Sox: Gillaspie expected to return against Royals
Third baseman Conor Gillaspie sat out Sunday's game nursing a bruised right hand, but he is expected to return during the series against the Royals.

He was fielding a relay throw on Wilkin Ramirez's triple and the ball hit his hand. Swelling was down on Saturday, and he was available off the bench both Saturday and Sunday, but he did not start.

He's batting .237 this season, with 29 RBIs and 10 home runs.

"He's gotten better from Spring Training," Ventura said. "He's just doing a lot of work of feeling more comfortable. I don't think he felt that comfortable in Spring Training. Even now, he's a little more fearless in there. He does make a few big plays for us. I think he's just improving, just continuing to get better."

Worth noting
• With his seventh inning double on Sunday, Royals infielder Emilio Bonifacio notched his 500th career base hit.

• Chicago has lost four straight games against the Royals and seven of the last 10.

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