"I felt good," he said after allowing five hits and three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings Saturday against the Diamondbacks. "It's still a work in progress. I wasn't throwing as hard as I anticipate when it's all said and done. But I threw all four pitches. There weren't any restraints."
"Part of (control problems) was mixing in a few more breaking balls," he said. "But, definitely, compared to the last start, my fastball command wasn't nearly as good and my changeup either.
"That will all come. I'd be lying if I said I didn't look at results. But in the grand scheme the most important thing was just being healthy and getting the pitches in."
One of the runs was unearned because of an error on third baseman Jeff Keppinger. But the Sox came back with four runs in the bottom of the first inning, two of them on a homer by DH Josh Bell.
In the second inning, Danks escaped trouble with a pair of outs after loading the bases on two singles and a walk. And two of the three batters reached base in the third inning before Danks reached his pitch count and was removed.
Extra innings: In a 6-3 morning B game loss, Nestor Molina threw three shutout innings against the Indians. He is slated for the rotation at Triple-A Charlotte. Jake Peavy will miss facing big league teams for three straight starts, which included his back field workout Friday. His next two will be against Sox minor leaguers because one would be against the American League Central rival Indians and the other falls on an off day.