CHICAGO -- Jordan Danks has played baseball his entire life and knows that if he runs past second on a fly ball, he has to re-tag the base before returning to first. So, when he was called out on appeal by second-base umpire Alfonso Marquez for the final out in the eighth inning of Thursday's 3-2 loss for failing to re-tag on Alexei Ramirez's fly ball, it wasn't because the rule escaped him.
"Honestly, I didn't think I went by it. I didn't feel myself," Danks said. "I felt like I ran to the bag and turned around. But there's nothing I can do about it now.
"Even for guys like myself, I don't like to be thought of as, 'He's just a rookie so he didn't know.' I know what's going on out there. It's just a series of fluke things that go on. It just so happens that I am a rookie. It's one of those things that I get in the game and you're watching the game before you get in and know what's going on and what to expect and that sort of thing happens."
Upon returning to the dugout, manager Robin Ventura and bench coach Mark Parent talked with Danks about the mistake in keeping with the development part of the dual-purpose goal for this 2012 team. Ventura acknowledged Friday that the matter was taken care of, which is about as deep as he'll go into any private conversations.
Danks, who arrived in Chicago after parts of three seasons with Triple-A Charlotte, won't let one fluke play take away from the confidence he has gained in his inaugural Major League effort.
"Now that I've gotten the experience and gotten about 60 or so at-bats up here and built the confidence even more, I know I can play at this level," said Danks, who hit a walk-off homer against Oakland on Aug. 10. "It definitely has been a confidence booster."