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John Danks: Jose Bautista Acted ‘Like a Clown’ After Popping Out

Jose Bautista has been the best hitter in baseball this year, leading MLB with 20 home runs and a 1.304 OPS. He’s homering every 7.8 at-bats, so he expects to crush the ball nearly every time up. Meanwhile, White Sox pitcher John Danks has had a tough year dropping to 0-8 after losing Sunday. The lefty was lit up for nine runs over four innings, and he got into it with Bautista in the fourth before exiting the game.

Bautista was batting with his team up 9-2 in the bottom of the 4th. He was already 1-for-2 with an RBI single when he popped out with the bases empty for the second out of the inning. After popping up, Bautista grabbed his bat in disgust and cursed at himself. Danks had some words for Bautista as the slugger was returning to the Toronto dugout (as you can see above).

After the game, Danks explained what he said:

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Bronson Arroyo Pitches with Mono, John Danks with Root Canal Infection

Who said hockey players were the only tough guys around? Bronson Arroyo and John Danks would beg to differ.

Bronson Arroyo was diagnosed with mono on March 26th yet he still took the mound Sunday to make his season debut for the Reds. The reliable workhorse went seven innings of three-run ball, grabbing his first win of the season as the Reds swept the Brewers 12-3. Arroyo’s been battling mono for about a month and says he has a cough and feels rundown at the end of days, but the virus didn’t stop him from taking the hill and posting the win.

Not to be outdone, John Danks took the rubber for the White Sox despite a visit to the dentist Saturday. Danks had to get an infected tooth cleaned out where he previously had a root canal, and he spent an hour in the dentist chair. Danks pitched well giving up just two runs over six innings, but unlike the first two games of the series, Chicago’s offense couldn’t score. The bullpen blew the game and the White Sox lost 7-1, but Danks no doubt earned tough guy points with his teammates for the effort.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Tony Dejak; Joe Robbins/Getty Images