Danks looking more to left for offensive success

Danks looking more to left for offensive success

CHICAGO -- Prior to last Friday's series opener at U.S. Cellular Field, Blue Jays infielder Steven Tolleson mentioned to the left-handed-hitting Jordan Danks that Toronto was going to shift defensively toward the right against him.

"I raised my hand immediately and said, 'I wouldn't do that,'" said Danks of the conversation he had with his teammate from the 2013 Triple-A Charlotte squad. "I'm glad they did, actually."

Danks has gone 7-for-20 in his return to the White Sox, and has been going the other way more after admitting to getting a little pull-happy. He hit two singles to left and a two-run homer to left against the Blue Jays over the weekend.

"I've always said that my power is center to left-center gap. I'm just trying to get back to what I know," he said. "Whenever I pull the ball, it's usually a groundout to the second baseman. I was aware of the shift and everything and even thought about laying down a bunt every now and then.

"Just not necessarily trying to go over there, but hitting the ball where it's pitched. I got that pitch to hit and ended up going that way."

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.