Arizona right-hander Jon Garland is developing a cutter -- and one of his ended up on a grassy embankment far beyond the right-center field wall.
Danks gave up one hit and struck out two in two innings but wasn't impressed with his stuff as Chicago defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-1 on Friday.
"I didn't feel real sharp," Danks said after his first spring start. "I think it's more of a case of, it's early for the hitters. The hitters aren't quite there yet. Obviously, the goal going into the game was to get my work in and be healthy whenever I finished."
Danks may not have felt sharp, but he looked it.
He struck out the first two Diamondbacks -- Felipe Lopez and Augie Ojeda -- with cutters. In the second, Danks gave up a single to Chad Tracy before ending the inning, and his outing, by getting Tony Clark to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.
Looking to replace lefty Randy Johnson in their rotation, the Diamondbacks in January signed Garland to a one-year, $6.25 million deal with a mutual option for the 2010 season, which would carry a $10 million tag.
Garland said he's been working on adding a cutter to his repertoire.
"I know people say I've thrown it in the past, but that's just what the ball's done," he said. "I'm actually working on it this spring. That's my one big thing that I'd like to have down before we leave here."
That's why Garland wasn't particularly worried when he left a cutter over the plate and Dayan Viciedo, a touted Chicago White Sox prospect, hammered it onto the grassy embankment beyond the right-field fence for a solo home run.
The White Sox hope the 19-year-old Viciedo can be the latest in a line of acquisitions from Cuba, following Alexei Ramirez and Jose Contreras to excel. The White Sox signed Viciedo to a four-year, $10 million contract, and his goal is to win a spot on the major league team.
The homer was the only hit allowed by Garland, who walked one and threw a wild pitch.
Arizona manager Bob Melvin said Garland has also been working on a curveball this spring.
"It's a lot easier for a veteran guy to work on something than a kid that's trying to impress here," Melvin said.
Danks said he noticed that Garland was throwing cutters, and Danks said White Sox hitters commented on the pitch as they returned to the dugout.
"I think they said it was dirty," Danks said. "They said it was hard. I don't know if it was a slider or a cutter, but it was hard, and had a little cut on it. Good for him. It was a good pitch for me."
Garland started in place of Arizona ace Brandon Webb, scratched from his first spring start Friday because of a sore right forearm. Webb threw off flat ground Friday morning and said his arm felt better than it had the previous day, and he expects to make his next scheduled start March 4 against Mexico in Tucson. ... Paul Konerko, Ben Broussard and Chris Stewart also homered for the White Sox. ... It was the White Sox's first appearance at Tucson Electric Park since they moved their spring training base to Glendale, Ariz., where they share a new ballpark with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Sox conducted spring training in Tucson from 1998-2008. The game drew a crowd of 5,681 on a sunny, 74-degree day, and it seemed divided between Diamondbacks and White Sox partisans.