It may be just the beginning of July, but White Sox left-hander John Danks has 13 quality starts, one more than he had all of last season.
That number not only speaks to the left-hander's skill on the mound, but his dominance. He's 4-2 with a 2.65 ERA in his last eight outings.
The left-hander will look to keep that hot streak going in Tuesday's game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
In his last start against the Angels, Danks allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings for a no-decision. He also had 10 strikeouts, which tied a career high.
"I try not to worry too much about what I've done in the past. I try to learn from every game," Danks said. "I focus on things I need to work on, but I hadn't even given any thought to my game the other night. I'm ready to pitch against Boston now.
"I'll take some things from the last game, but won't sit and dwell on it. Good or bad, the game will humble you if you feel like you got it figured out."
Meanwhile, Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman enters Tuesday's contest looking to rebound after his worst start of the season.
He took his second straight loss on Wednesday against the Cubs after allowing six runs on five hits in four innings of work.
"I mean, I didn't really set a good tone coming out," Workman said after the start. "Three runs in the first gets them in a swinging mindset. They start feeling good about themselves. I got their bats warmed up for the bullpen and put some guys in bad spots."
The sharpness Workman had at the beginning of June hasn't been there in his last few starts. After allowing just five runs on 10 hits in his first three starts last month, he's surrendered 10 runs on 12 hits in his last two outings.
"I just wasn't locating the fastball very well," Workman said. "My pitches were up high. I walked a couple guys in the first inning. I left some balls up over the plate they hit well."
White Sox: Gillaspie out of lineup with sore knee
After leaving Sunday's game against the Mariners when a pitch hit off his right knee, Conor Gillaspie was out of the White Sox lineup for Monday's series opener against the Red Sox.
"He's moving a little better," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "But he's sore, and we just felt it was better to give him today and make sure he's able to get out there and move around and dive and do all that stuff. He's pretty sore today."
Gillaspie had X-rays on the knee, which showed no break. The White Sox are hopeful that he'll be fine for Tuesday's game.
"It's not pleasant," Ventura said. "Hopefully, by tomorrow he should be fine."
Red Sox: Carp activated, Herrera optioned
Boston activated Mike Carp from the disabled list on Monday and optioned utility man Jonathan Herrera to Triple-A Pawtucket.
"He's done a lot of good things," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Herrera. "He fits the role to a T, the utility role. It was a difficult conversation. He's a quality person, quality player. Stayed prepared and contributed when asked in the role that he was in."
The Red Sox are excited to get Carp back from a right foot fracture that had sidelined him since June 1.
Carp will be used sparingly in his first few games back against the White Sox, who are throwing left-handers from Tuesday through Thursday.
• Danks is 3-6 with a 4.97 ERA in 10 career starts against the Red Sox.
• The White Sox have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games.
• The Red Sox are 14-6 against the White Sox since July 30, 2011, outscoring Chicago 99-58 in that span.
Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.