Sox running out of superlatives for Konerko

May, 26, 2012
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By Chris Silva
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CHICAGO -- For manager Robin Ventura, watching Paul Konerko during his current 12-game hitting streak reminds him of Edgar Martinez, the former two-time AL batting champion and seven-time All-Star.

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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhPaul Konerko is hitting .396 after Saturday's 4-for-4 effort.

“It’s kind of the way he’s swinging it and going the other way, pulling, it doesn’t matter,” Ventura said. “He’s just as consistent as anybody in the game.”

Alex Rios shook his head and grinned when the subject of Konerko was brought up, leaving the right fielder with little to say, as if whatever’s been said in the past would be perfectly applicable right now.

“He’s delivering like always,” he said. “It’s impressive. That’s the only thing I can say right now.”

And Konerko? Well, he’d rather not say anything at all. When asked whether he’s ever been on a run like this before, he danced around the question for a bit as his son enjoyed the television cameras before saying, “I don’t know. It doesn’t matter to me so I don’t really pay attention to it.”

Konerko is baseball’s hottest hitter. The White Sox's first baseman extended his hitting streak on Saturday against the Central Division leaders with four hits, including three doubles. It was his first four-hit game since Aug. 16 of last season. He’s now hitting .571 (24-for-42) with four doubles, four homers, 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored during his current hitting streak.

When asked if this is as good as he’s ever felt, Konerko responded that this is as competitive as he’s ever felt. He said he focuses on the next pitch and then moves on. It’s part of what helps him not get caught up in the moment.

“The results will change,” Konerko said. “I mean, it can and will change. But all you try to do is just control what you control up there. The work, that’s it.”

And that’s what teammates love the most about him.

“What I love about Paul is the consistency,” pitcher Jake Peavy said. “Paulie’s worried about first at-bat tomorrow right now, I promise you that. Paulie’s just an ultimate professional and he’s fun to watch.”

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.17 208 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208