Danks allowed three earned runs on six hits, including a two-run homer to Ralph Henriquez, while fanning seven and walking one. The afternoon was tiring but a good day's work as he points toward Opening Day in Texas.
"I'm getting there. I'm not where I need to be. A lot closer than I was a couple of weeks ago. I'm on pace," Danks said. "I think I'll be ready. It was a good day today. You know, I went out there and experimented with some different things.
"I was able to do some stuff in that game that I probably wouldn't have done in an "A" game and for sure not in a regular-season game. It was good to go out there and with the hitter in the box and try to work on front-door cutters to a lefty and curveballs early in the count and later in the count.
"Obviously, I didn't throw some pitches I would normally throw in a regular-season game but stuff that I can use when the season comes around," Danks said. "I'm really just trying to get comfortable with it, and that way I have another weapon."
Even Danks' changeup, which had given him trouble this spring, worked for him as a strikeout pitch on three occasions Wednesday.
"It's really just a feel pitch and so I just have to get out there in a game situation and throw it," Danks said. "I was able to throw it in a lot of different counts and got a lot of strikeouts with it and I was able to use the slide step changeups and get some ground balls. All and all, it was a great day."