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Notes: Floyd's ankle doesn't affect start

Notes: Floyd's ankle doesn't affect start

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gavin Floyd's spring debut with the White Sox was pushed back one day from Friday to Saturday's start due to a sprained right ankle suffered in an unusual fall off the mound during Monday's intrasquad game. But judging by Floyd's effort during Saturday's 6-5 victory over Arizona at Tucson Electric Park, it was well worth the wait.

The frontrunner to fill the fifth-starter slot certainly did nothing to hurt his cause by allowing one run on two hits over three innings. The right-hander worked efficiently enough through the first two innings and was allowed to finish a third to reach his set pitch count of 44.

"I was hoping I'd go to the third inning," said Floyd of his first Cactus League start for the White Sox. "I was going inning by inning, pitch by pitch, and however it pans out, it pans out.

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"I'm glad to get this first game underneath my belt. We'll go from here."

Although Floyd went through extensive postgame treatment for his right ankle, injured after the follow-through on a Monday pitch, Floyd said the process simply was a byproduct of trying to strengthen his ankle on a daily basis. It was especially necessary after being the first White Sox starter to reach three innings this spring.

Floyd yielded a leadoff double to Dave Krynzel but pitched out of trouble in the first. He also picked up double plays in the second and third to avoid major damage. According to manager Ozzie Guillen, it's a simple approach the White Sox want Floyd to follow of attacking the strike zone and allowing the defense to do the rest.

"I hope that's all pitchers' mentality," said Floyd, who did not strike out an Arizona hitter. "I was just focusing on the mitt and letting things happen. Whether I miss or make that pitch, who cares? Next pitch, I'll focus on that. That's what I'm trying to accomplish each start."

"The report is something he gets in trouble with because he has too much information," added the White Sox manager of Floyd. "This kid likes to get a lot of things in his mind. We're going to try keep everything out of his mind, make sure he throws over the plate and attacks the strike zone."

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Let's move on: A call placed by Brandon McCarthy to Guillen on Friday night quickly settled any minor difference stemming from comments made by the former White Sox pitcher in a Feb. 21 newspaper report and Guillen's ensuing radio retort.

McCarthy told MLB.com on Friday that they wished each other well during the conversation and had the chance to put forth their points of view on the matter. Guillen echoed McCarthy's sentiment of tranquility.

"It was good. I think we made it really clear about what happens," said Guillen of the talk with McCarthy. "I don't know if it was a misunderstanding by him or by me.

"He said he wasn't making that point about the clubhouse, it was a little different between this one and the other one. He said he likes the guys here; he doesn't have anything against them. I said I wish him the best. This kid has a chance to be a good pitcher. Everything's clear and good."

Both sides agreed this matter is officially over, and Guillen said he would talk to McCarthy and give him a hug when the two teams met in Surprise on March 13. Guillen also had a meeting on Friday with center fielder Brian Anderson, who was caught in the crossfire as a close friend of McCarthy, and let him know everything was good.

Moving forward: Bobby Jenks will work one inning during Monday's "B" game against Colorado, even if he strikes out the side on nine pitches or retires three hitters on three total pitches. Jenks plans to feature all fastballs but also might mix in a slider or two.

The White Sox closer, who left Wednesday's Cactus League game with right shoulder tightness brought about partially by poor mechanics from warming up, explained on Saturday how those mechanics have improved. He has used a form of the towel drill to work on that part of the delivery before he even steps on the mound.

"After the last two days, it's night and day," said Jenks of the improvement in his mechanics. "My body is starting to remember, 'OK, this is how you pitch.' Muscle memory is starting to come back in play. Staying close, not landing on my heel -- doing all the right things."

Leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik continues to make unabated progress toward an Opening Day return, stating Saturday he plans to do some lateral running soon. Podsednik believes he will be close to 100 percent in approximately another week and has a flexible target date of March 21 at home against San Francisco as his first game back.

Although he's only taking flips in the cage, Podsednik feels good about his swing and the progress he has made.

"We're taking it week by week," Podsednik said. "I'll probably be taking BP in a couple of days. Right now, it's just flips, but as far as that goes, it feels really good."

Around the horn: The White Sox eight-game spring losing streak to the D-backs ended with a thud on Saturday. Arizona pinch-runner Rich Thompson tried to score the tying run from first on Justin Upton's double to right, but Ryan Sweeney made a perfect throw to Pedro Lopez, who fired home to catcher Cole Armstrong, who held on to the ball despite being plowed over by Thompson. ... Joe Crede was charged with an error in the second inning when Scott Hairston's grounder to third bounced into Crede's jersey. The same play happened to first baseman Paul Konerko last spring against Arizona ... Jon Garland, Andrew Sisco and David Aardsma will be facing their former organization, the Cubs, on Sunday in Mesa. One-time White Sox pitchers Scott Eyre and Bob Howry are scheduled to throw for the Cubs. ... Boone Logan and Matt Thornton have struck out three hitters apiece in two innings of scoreless relief.

Up next: Garland faces off against Rich Hill of the Cubs in the White Sox first true road test of Spring Training on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. CT at HoHoKam Park.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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