After 0-8 start, John Danks finally gets on the board in win over Mariners

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It took facing the Mariners offense to finally get left-hander John Danks his first win of the season, as he bounced back from an 0-8 start to limit Seattle to an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the White Sox’s 3-1 victory tonight.

In doing so, Danks outpitched Rookie of the Year favorite Michael Pineda, who allowed two runs over seven innings in taking his third loss.

Danks was the first White Sox pitcher since Eddie Smith in 1942 to start a season 0-8.

The left-hander pitched in awful luck early on, going 0-3 despite a 3.27 ERA in his first five starts. However, he had legitimately struggled lately, especially last week when he gave up nine runs to the Blue Jays and got into a dispute with Jose Bautista.  His ERA was up to 5.25 going into this one, and he had struck out a total of six batters in his last three starts.

Tonight, Danks fanned six and walked just one.  Jesse Crain and Sergio Santos finished up from there, with Santos earning his 11th save.

Thie White Sox are 13-1 in their last 14 games against the Mariners.

Yadier Molina ties record for the most games caught with one team

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Yadier Molina has two World Series rings, multiple Gold Gloves, Platinum Gloves, All-Star appearances and a Silver Slugger award. He now has an all-time record too.

The record: the most games caught with one team. Last night he caught his 1756th career game with the Cardinals, with ties him with Gabby Hartnett of the Cubs, who last caught in 1941 and set the record in 1940, his last season with Chicago. Molina will break the record next time he dons the tools of ignorance, likely tonight against the Phillies.

Given how badly catchers get beaten up — and Molina has taken a beating at times in his career — and given how well mastery of the position leads to a catcher earning journeyman status, as it were, it’s quite a thing to catch that many games for one team.

Given that Molina is under contract with the Cardinals for two more seasons and has stated his desire to retire a Cardinal many times, he’s likely to put that record so far out of reach that it’ll likely take at least another 78 years to break it, if indeed it is ever broken.