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Indians 7, White Sox 1: John Danks, defense disappoint in home opener

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Fifth starter digs early hole during snowy first game at U.S. Cellular Field

Bullet point recap, as I watched most of it at work:

*The recipe for maximum John Danks frustration: solid contact with key defensive lapses. He fell behind 3-0 before the White Sox even came to the plate, but two runs may be attributable to Alex Avila's brain fart.

With runners on the corners and one out, Carlos Santana hit a tapper in front of the plate. Danks couldn't beat Francisco Lindor to the plate, but even though Danks was running past him as he picked up the ball, he couldn't pick up on the location of the runner. So he looked home at first, then threw the ball away in his hasty attempt to change course. That allowed Mike Napoli to go from first to third on the play, and he scored on a sac fly to make it 3-0. Taking the second out may have made it a 1-0 game.

*The second inning was more on Danks, as he gave up two extra-base hits and a sac fly to put the Sox behind 5-0. He eventually settled down well enough to retire 10 in a row.

*However, the hole was too deep against Danny Salazar. He was his normal inefficient self, allowing just two hits, but only lasting 5⅓ innings due to three walks, seven strikeouts and one HBP.

*The Sox had a chance to get back in the game early, as Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia both drew one-out walks. Then Garcia strayed too far off first with his secondary lead, and Yan Gomes picked him off to defuse the threat.

*Instead, Todd Frazier came through with the only scoring in the form of a solo homer in the fourth inning, which was the Sox' first hit. He ended up with two of the team's three on the day.

*Danks ended his day on an equally frustrating note, giving up four straight hits for two more runs after he retired the first two batters.

*Dan Jennings kept it from getting sloppy, pitching three scoreless innings in his 2016 debut. The Sox used fewer relievers than the Indians.

*The game was delayed by 16 minutes due to snow, which swirled around impressively during the fifth inning.

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