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Pierzynski glad to have first game vs. White Sox behind him

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 10:18 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — SURPRISE, Ariz. — The White Sox and Rangers will play their first meaningful game April 30 in Arlington, Texas, but A.J. Pierzynski was relieved Tuesday after playing against some of his former teammates following an eight-year association.

“It’s just another game,” Pierzynski said after hitting a single in two at-bats in the Rangers’ 14-8 loss to the Sox. “I’ve said all I need to say about the White Sox. I talked to people I need to talk to over there. That’s it. I’m happy it’s over and people can quit asking me about it.

“It was a great run we had, but it’s over and done. Everyone knows how I feel about the people there and the fans.”

Pierzynski walked from the right-field line and waved across the field to minor league conditioning coordinator Dale Torborg, then chatted in the direction of where some Sox officials were sitting while he was in the on-deck circle. He spoke to Dewayne Wise, Adam Dunn and Gordon Beckham when they came to the plate.

“I don’t have a hard feeling toward anyone over there,” Pierzynski said.

Danks advancing: John Danks threw more breaking pitches during his third batting practice session, a sign he’s advancing in his recovery from left shoulder surgery in August.

“We all kind of agree I’m ready to move on and start concentrating on pitching and a little less about my shoulder,” Danks said. “We’re pretty confident that’s behind us, and we can just work to build arm strength and get a little more consistent in my delivery.”

Danks threw two 25-pitch sessions. He will throw a bullpen session Friday before making his first exhibition start Monday against the Giants.

Extra innings: Jeff Keppinger won’t return to third base for a few more days because of soreness in his throwing shoulder, manager Robin Ventura said. That will give more playing time to Brent Morel and newly acquired Conor Gillaspie. ... Pitcher Thomas Royse, a third-round pick in the 2010 draft, retired because of lingering arm and knee injuries.

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