Cooper working his magic with Jackson
After pitching coach notices flaw, new Sox righty throws gem
DETROIT -- As Don Cooper was being interviewed near the White Sox clubhouse on Thursday morning, Freddy Garcia walked by and took a playful jab at the pitching coach.
"The genius," said Garcia with a laugh.
Cooper has a reputation for turning around pitchers possessing great ability, who previously underachieved until they made their way to the White Sox. All-Star Matt Thornton and Gavin Floyd, the American League Pitcher of the Month for July, are just two current examples.
Edwin Jackson might be added to that list before the 2010 season comes to a close. Cooper identified a flaw in Jackson's mechanics by watching video before the White Sox acquired the right-hander via a trade with the D-backs, and then implemented his change during Jackson's first side session with Chicago.
That work resulted in seven-plus scoreless innings from Jackson during the White Sox 4-1 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. More importantly, the hurler who walked 60 over 134 1/3 innings with Arizona walked just the last batter he faced vs. Detroit.
"He got in bad habits," said Cooper. "He was collapsing more than he should. When you collapse, you get under pitches, around pitches. [Stuff] can get flat. Some parts of the plate can be much harder to attain.
"Another thing he did really well is he's bought into, 'Let's see how good I can be throwing first-pitch strikes and getting them to hit the first, second or third pitch, and if not, get ahead in the count.' His strike-to-ball ratio was excellent. The credit goes all to him, because he's the guy throwing every pitch. But it's awfully nice when it works out."
Jackson has another side session on Friday in Baltimore. Cooper approaches that effort with the same excitement he had for Jackson's first session, his first pregame and his first White Sox start.
During Wednesday's pregame warmup, Jackson turned to Cooper after briefly slipping back into one of those bad habits and acknowledged what he had done. Cooper believes knowing the mistake already indicates winning the battle.
"When a guy knows when he's doing something wrong, there's a chance to fix it," Cooper said. "You don't have to search and struggle all the time."
Delgado could interest White Sox
DETROIT -- News of potential White Sox interest in Carlos Delgado, the one-time slugging first baseman/designated hitter, caught manager Ozzie Guillen completely off-guard.
"Thank you for the surprise," said Guillen, who had not yet heard from general manager Ken Williams about the team's interest, mentioned by FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal on Thursday. "I thought this guy was building houses in Puerto Rico."
Delgado, 38, has not played since May 10, 2009, sidelined by arthroscopic surgery on his right hip. According to Rosenthal, Delgado has received two Minor League offers and has drawn interest from four teams.
"If they did it, he has to go to the Minor Leagues first," said Guillen of Delgado, who drove in 115 runs in his last full season with the Mets in 2005. "He hasn't played in a couple of years. He has to prove to people he still can play and is healthy. Maybe he can help."
The White Sox pursued Delgado during Guillen's first year as manager in 2004, when the team was in contention for the American League Central title and Frank Thomas and Magglio Ordonez were knocked out by injuries. Delgado used his full no-trade clause to nix a deal from Toronto.
Guillen believes a hitter is not needed, as long as Mark Kotsay and Andruw Jones step up their respective games. Kotsay had four RBIs on three hits, including his seventh home run, and fell a double short of the cycle in the White Sox 6-4 victory in 11 innings over Detroit on Thursday. Jones' one-out single sparked the 11th-inning rally off Jose Valverde.
Danks keeping tabs on brother's game
DETROIT -- The immediate focus for John Danks falls upon Friday's start in the Baltimore series opener and his attempt to pick up victory No. 12.
But the left-hander can't be faulted if just a little bit of his daily thought process takes him to wherever the Charlotte Knights are playing, which just happens to be at home this weekend. Jordan Danks, John's younger brother, is part of the Triple-A roster, back in action after a trip to the disabled list due to a hip issue.
Jordan lives with John in Texas during the offseason, and the brothers work out together. With the non-waiver Trade Deadline having come and gone, and Jordan still being part of the White Sox, John also would like to play Major League Baseball with his brother someday soon on the South Side of Chicago.
"We would love to play together soon," said John Danks, who is 1 1/2 years older than his brother. "We don't talk every day, but I definitely keep an eye on what he's doing."
As an outfielder, Jordan Danks' defensive skills rank right up there with Andruw Jones and Alex Rios. Sure, he doesn't have the polish of these veteran defensive stalwarts, but Jordan can hold his own with the glove.
It's the game's offensive side giving the younger Danks a few more problems. Entering Thursday night's game with Toledo, he was hitting .241 with 117 strikeouts in 340 at-bats. Having gone through his own learning curve as the Rangers' top pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, John has told his sibling not to get too caught up in the constant analysis of his game.
"That's just in general," the White Sox pitcher said. "You are never as good as they say you are and never as bad as they say you are. I think Jordan is pretty level-headed. I don't think he gets caught up in too much of that.
"He's learning. It's his first year in Triple-A, and it's one of those things where he's had some frustrating moments. He hasn't played as well as he would have liked to in total. He knows that it is a long process and he has plenty of things to learn.
"His defense, he can play right now. He needs to hit the ball a little more consistently. I wholeheartedly believe he will."
Ozzie opts to sit Viciedo vs. Scherzer
DETROIT -- After talking about starting Dayan Viciedo in Thursday's series final at Comerica Park, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen decided not to put his rookie up against Detroit starter Max Scherzer and his electric stuff.
Viciedo will play two games this weekend in Baltimore, according to Guillen.
Third to first
Juan Pierre picked up his 500th career stolen base in the first inning of Thursday's 6-4 victory in 11 innings, after extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Pierre sits 37th all time on the stolen-base list, trailing Paul Molitor by four. ... Alex Rios is 4-for-34 in his last eight games. ... Bobby Jenks had given up just two home runs in 39 1/3 innings prior to Ryan Raburn's shot in the ninth Thursday. ... The White Sox have an amazing 38-13 mark since June 9, and now sit at 20-21 against the American League Central.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.