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07/02/10 11:13 PM ET

Danks can rebound against former club

White Sox starter John Danks had some recent trouble getting guys out in his most recent outing. Facing off against the Cubs last Sunday, he allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings to lose his sixth game of the year. He hopes to reverse that trend on Saturday when he takes the hill against the Rangers, the club that drafted and developed him. First, though, he needs to rebound from a rough outing against the rival North Siders.

"I flat-out [stunk], there's no other way to put it," Danks said. "When it comes down to it, I couldn't throw the ball where I needed to throw it, and the changeup is a pitch I rely on heavily, and it was non-existent."

Prior to the loss, however, Danks was riding a three-game winning streak, allowing just five runs in 22 frames. He was pitching a lot like Rangers starter Tommy Hunter, throwing strikes and attacking hitters.

In his most recent start, Hunter silenced the Astros bats, yielding one run and five hits over six innings to remain undefeated at 4-0. The right-hander boasts a 2.15 ERA and has logged quality starts in four of his five starts -- one of which was shortened due to a hip flexor injury.

"That's our game plan as starters -- get these guys in the dugout as quickly as possible," Hunter said.

White Sox: Looking for series win
After taking Friday's game, 5-3, the White Sox are looking to claim their first series victory against the Rangers in their last six chances. During the span, Chicago has a 0-3-2 series record against the Rangers.

Rangers: Harden coming back
After tossing a 58-pitch bullpen session on Thursday, right-hander Rich Harden said he's getting closer to taking the mound.

"I'm feeling good," Harden said. "I'm getting to where I wanted to be. I'm getting on top of the ball and staying through it. It's coming out of my hand the way it should."

Harden, who has been on the disabled list since June 12 with a left gluteal muscle strain, threw his first bullpen on Sunday, but it was primarily fastballs. Following his two sessions, Harden is scheduled for one more bullpen workout Saturday before starting subsequent rehab assignments.

"I just can't wait to get out there," said Harden, who is not expected back before the All-Star break. "I want to pitch and do it now, but I need another 'pen and another rehab. But I feel good and I feel strong."

Worth noting
The White Sox made two errors on Friday, but they have committed only five errors in their previous 16 games. The Rangers are 10-3 against the White Sox in their last 12 games at Arlington.

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