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Danks continues brushing up on mechanics

Danks continues brushing up on mechanics

Danks continues brushing up on mechanics

DETROIT -- The good news for John Danks' 2013 comeback from 2012 season-ending arthroscopic shoulder surgery is that he has walked only 13 over 82 2/3 innings. The bad news is that his sharp control is not as pinpoint within the strike zone, allowing 17 homers in just 13 starts.

But Danks believes a flaw in his mechanics has contributed to that elevated long ball count.

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"There was a stretch there where I kept throwing the ball and the ball was cutting on me," Danks said. "I was trying to throw the ball down and away to a righty and it was cutting back over the plate.

"It's just mechanical. It's just part of the process."

Danks worked on correcting that flaw Thursday in Cleveland, in preparation for Saturday night's start against Detroit.

"That's what we've come up with," Danks said. "It's not something that's new. But definitely something we are going to keep working on."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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