Danks' hot start postponed by rain

Danks' hot start postponed by rain

CHICAGO -- When a pitcher is going as strong as John Danks, a little rain shouldn't slow down that huge amount of momentum built up through his first three quality starts.

In the case of Monday night's postponement of the series opener between the White Sox and Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field, make that a tremendous amount of rain.

"I feel good, either way. I felt pretty good today, so I'll go get them tomorrow," said Danks, who brings a minuscule 0.95 ERA into the second game of Tuesday's rescheduled doubleheader. "It really doesn't change anything. I'm going to take the ball whenever they give it to me and hopefully give us a chance to win."

Tuesday's straight doubleheader begins at 4:05 p.m. CT, with the second game to follow approximately 30 minutes after Game 1 is completed. Fans may exchange tickets to Monday's postponed game for tickets of equal or lesser value (based on availability) to any future regular-season White Sox game.

Parking also may be exchanged for any future regular-season game. Tickets for the original regularly-scheduled game at 7:11 p.m. on Tuesday are good for the first contest. Gates to the ballpark will open at 3 p.m.

Bartolo Colon, Tuesday's scheduled starter, gets the call in the opener, followed by Danks in the nightcap.

"I'm going to get Colon a shot in the first game to get it over with, and I think maybe the shadows will help him a bit," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of his pitching order. "No matter what way we go, we feel comfortable with either one."

"It doesn't matter to me one bit," said Danks, who will be opposed by Felix Hernandez, with Chris Jakubauskas facing off against Colon. "I don't know who is throwing for them. I just know I'm throwing Game 2."

Don't look for Jim Thome to take part in either game. The White Sox designated hitter is dealing with a sore left heel suffered while running the bases over the weekend and would have only been used in a pinch-hitting role if Monday's game was played.

"He hit the bag, I don't know when. Second base, a double or something," said Guillen of Thome's minor malady. "He hit the bag with his heel, and today he was sore.

"They went to check with the doctors, and they said, 'Maybe take one day, two days.' He's going to start taking some medicine to calm it a little bit. If I need a pinch-hitter, I can use him. He can't run, but he can't run anyway."

With Thursday's off-day factored in, the White Sox will be able to keep their rotation in order and give either Colon or Danks an extra day of rest, while pitching the other Sunday night in Texas.

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