GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - John Danks feels fine. He just wants to figure out where his pitches are going.
Danks walked three in another wild outing but the Chicago White Sox beat a Colorado Rockies split-squad 9-8 on Tuesday.
``Walks are an issue,' he said. ``I'm throwing all my pitches. I feel good. I just need to be able to throw it where I want to now.'
The left-hander, who had a career-high 15 wins last season, allowed two runs and five hits over 3 1-3 innings. He has five walks in 5 1-3 innings this spring.
Manager Ozzie Guillen pulled Danks in the fourth after he let four of the first five batters reach base. Anthony Carter came in and retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.
Danks understands what the problem is, and knows he still has ample time to work out the kinks.
``It's definitely something we're going to work on for the next start,' he said. ``I'm not worried about getting where I need to be.'
Ty Wigginton hit a two-run homer off Danks in the fourth and also made some nice plays at third base.
``He doesn't know it's the Cactus League,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ``All he knows is he has a baseball uniform on, there's a game today and he's going to go out and give everything he's got.'
Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo had three hits apiece for Chicago, which went 8 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Tyler Flowers hit a solo homer.
Viciedo, who also nailed a runner at the plate from right field in the eighth, is batting .476 this spring and leads the team with 10 hits.
``He's better than we thought,' Guillen said. ``He's making it harder for a lot of people, no doubt.'
Dexter Fowler and Ben Paulsen each had two hits for the Rockies, and Michael McKenry had a solo homer in the ninth.
NOTES: White Sox 3B Mark Teahen's throwing error in the second inning was his fifth error in five games this spring. ... Boxing legend Muhammad Ali visited the White Sox clubhouse on Tuesday morning to help spread the word about his charity organization. ``I was glad that kids got to see what charity is all about,' Guillen said of Ali's visit. ``He wants to help the community without being somebody.'
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