Chicago White Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 5-1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- It has been awhile since White Sox players exhibited some swagger.

Spring training, to be specific.

Whether it's their dominance over the last few months or their exorcising of demons that haunted them for years in Oakland, the Sox again sounded like a confident team after beating the Athletics 5-1 on Friday.

''I think the first two months weren't who we are, and we're playing close to who we are now,'' pitcher John Danks said. ''With that said,...

OAKLAND -- Lefty John Danks has done his best to remain oblivious to all the trade
talk the last few weeks.

Then again, when you're not in the ''high-risk'' category to be moved, why worry?

But on Friday afternoon, Danks was watching TV with second baseman Gordon Beckham when a White Sox trade story came up and Beckham was mentioned.

''Yeah, that was different,'' Danks said, ''but other than that, I don't really have any idea what's going on. If it involves me, ...