Konerko on pace with Josh Hamilton?

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Konerko on pace with Josh Hamilton?

By Paul LaTour
CSNChicago.com

Less than two weeks ago, Paul Konerko shook his head in disbelief about the amazing season Josh Hamilton was already having.

Hamilton might be the one shaking his head now.

Konerko overtook Hamilton for the American League batting lead Wednesday after a three-hit performance in the White Sox 6-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. Konerko is now hitting .381, which includes going 17 of 30 (.567) during his current nine-game hitting streak.

Its stupid, honestly. Its like hes playing video games, Sox starter Chris Sale said. Hes just so talented and has such a good eye and hes so patient. He doesnt get down on himself when something goes wrong. You saw it tonight. Hes just hitting the ball all over the place and putting good swings on good pitches.

Since missing two games after being hit in the left eye with a pitch by Jeff Samardzija on Friday, Konerko has five hits in eight at-bats with a double, home run and three runs scored.

I dont know if you say you can expect that, but seeing how much work he puts in, hes having a really good season, manager Robin Ventura said. To be able to come back with what happened over the weekend and still swing it the way he has is nice.

Konerko still sports an ugly black eye, but said otherwise there are no remnants from the beaning, which came in his first at-bat following his two-run home run.

I havent even thought about it, Konerko said of the injury. Obviously I cant see it. Nothing is bothering me looking out of it, so until I look in the mirror thats the only time I see that something is wrong with it.

Despite what appeared to be another strong outing at the plate, Konerko was modest in assessing his performance.

I really wasnt that good the whole night, he said. I took one really good swing at the end there and hit a home run, and it turns into a good night. But I was kind of feeling for it all night. I had a bad first at-bat with guys on.

Konerko was referring to his strikeout in the first after the White Sox put the first three runners on base. But after his performance the rest of the way, he might be the only one who remembered that.

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some guys played cards. The soccer ball got kicked around in spite of the close quarters in the visiting clubhouse. There was dancing. A magic trick or two was attempted. A few players even tried to get in a nap.

White Sox players found myriad ways to keep themselves occupied during Thursday’s draining 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay -- the longest in Minnesota Twins history.

Yet despite not knowing what time the game may start, White Sox players found a way to overcome the uncertainty and stay engaged. Similar to May 26 when the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers was cancelled, the White Sox figured out how to go from zero to 60 in mere seconds. Though there’s no exact formula for success, the White Sox seem to have figured out a way to endure the elements and get out quickly. On early Thursday evening, the White Sox overcame the rain and misery to jump ahead of the Minnesota Twins en route to a 9-0 victory at Target Field.

“We keep it real loose whether,” veteran third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We have a good time. We enjoy each other’s company. Win lose or draw, tomorrow’s a new day. Today we kept working hard and we knew we had a game to play and eventually we were going to play it. We turned it on at the right moment.”

Jose Quintana saw so much of his iPad that eventually he had to turn it off out of sheer boredom. Thursday’s starting pitcher was almost able to complete two feature-length movies during the rain delay. Quintana, who excelled with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, watched ‘Fast and Furious 7’ and ‘Get Out’ on his iPad during the delay.

While he liked the action movie, Quintana wasn’t as fond of the latter, though he admits he’s not a big fan of horror movies.

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“I think it was bad because too much time in front of the iPad,” Quintana said. “It made me bored.

“I just tried to stay relaxed, focused on the game. … Tried to come back and work a little bit. It’s a little hard, but we don’t have control so stay focused on the game.”

Whereas the White Sox determined when they played last month at home -- they cancelled Game 1 of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and pushed the second game back to 8 p.m. because of rain -- this time was in the Twins’ hands. The forecast called for rain all afternoon before things cleared up around 5 p.m.

While the White Sox were in limbo as to when they would play, they had a pretty good idea that eventually they would.

“It’s miserable,” Frazier said. “You try and find some things to do, play cards, hang out with the guys. If you had a set time it would help. But we came out banging in that first inning. It’s huge.”

White Sox manager Rick Renteria is impressed with how his team has handled both long days. The White Sox also defeated the Tigers 8-2 on May 26th. While Renteria and his coaching staff spent a lot of his time preparing for their upcoming home series against the Oakland A’s, he’s pleased with how his players managed themselves through the uncertainty.  

“They’re the ones who are dealing with the chaos,” Renteria said. “They’re the ones who play the game and who have to have their minds to be ready to go out and perform. They’ve been able to respond well. It’s part of who they are, their character, and hopefully it’s something they continue to be able to do and build on.”