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Paul Konerko

Konerko signs new deal with White Sox

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. -- First baseman Paul Konerko has signed a three-year contract worth $37.5 million with the Chicago White Sox.

Konerko has spent the last 12 seasons with the White Sox and hit .312 with 39 home runs and 11 runs batted in in 149 games last year. For his 14-year major-league career -- he also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds -- Konerko has a .280 batting average with 365 home runs and 1,156 RBI.

He has been selected to the American League All-Star team four times, including last season.

Chisox-Konerko contract talks at impasse

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. -- Contract negotiations between the Chicago White Sox and first baseman Paul Konerko are at an impasse, General Manager Kenny Williams said Tuesday.

Williams said initial optimism that the Sox could quickly re-sign the slugging free agent have dimmed at baseball's annual winter meetings in Florida, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"At this point we have no choice" but to explore other options, Williams told the newspaper. "All I can say is we've got meetings with other guys' representatives (Tuesday) with the idea in mind (to) get a deal done."

Chisox offer salary arbitration to Konerko

Chicago -- The Chicago White Sox said Tuesday they have offered salary arbitration to slugging free agent first baseman Paul Konerko

The move means Konerko, a Type A free agent, would likely get a hefty raise from his current $12 million salary if he accepts arbitration, which is unlikely.

Instead, he's expected to test the free agent market and the Chisox would be compensated with a high draft pick if he signs elsewhere.

Konerko finished fifth in the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player voting after a 2010 season that saw him hit .312 with 39 home runs and 111 RBI.

The Sox also extended arbitration to reliever J.J. Putz but declined to do so for catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 8, Boston 2

Chicago -- Paul Konerko broke a tie with a fourth-inning grand slam homer Thursday, propelling the Chicago White Sox to an 8-2 victory over Boston.

Chicago won for the seventh time in eight games and gave John Danks a triumph in his final start of the season. Danks (15-11) gave up five hits and two runs in six innings. The 15 wins are the most he has recorded in his four-year career.

The score was knotted at 2-2 when Konerko delivered his 39th homer of the season.

Dayan Viciedo added a two-run shot in the fifth to finish the scoring.

Jon Lester (19-9) missed out on a chance for a 20-win season and left the game after four innings. He gave up eight runs on nine hits to take the loss. Lester had won his previous six starts.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 5, LA Angels 2

Chicago -- Paul Konerko's two-run double in the third inning gave Chicago the lead and the White Sox went on to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels 5-2.

Brent Lillibridge chipped in with a two-run single in the sixth to back a strong start from Freddy Garcia (9-3). The right-hander held the Angels to one unearned run on five hits over six innings, boosting the White Sox to their third straight win over Los Angeles.

Bobby Jenks collected his 19th save in a game that was delayed by 2 hours, 20 minutes by rain.

Chicago vaulted over Minnesota into second place in the American League Central, one game behind the Detroit Tigers.

Los Angeles starter Joe Saunders (6-9) was rocked for 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

MLB: Minnesota 8, Chicago White Sox 6

Chicago, Sept. 22: Orlando Cabrera, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Matt Tolbert homered Tuesday to give Minnesota an 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The Twins remained 2 1/2 games behind Detroit in the divisional race. The Tigers beat Cleveland earlier Tuesday.

Paul Konerko, Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios homered for the White Sox, who have lost six of their last seven games. John Danks (12-10) suffered the loss after he surrendered seven runs on eight hits over six innings.

Jesse Crain (7-4), who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings, earned the win while Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 43rd save of the season.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 6, Seattle 3

Seattle, Sept. 16: Mark Kotsay and A.J. Pierzynski had two RBI apiece Tuesday to lead the Chicago White Sox past the Seattle Mariners 6-3.

Pierzynski singled in the eventual winning run in the seventh inning and Paul Konerko added another RBI single to make it 5-3.

Freddy Garcia (2-2) got the win with three runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings. Bobby Jenks picked up his 29th save.

Ken Griffey Jr. had a solo home run for the Mariners, who have lost seven of their last nine. Shawn Kelly (4-3) took the loss in relief of Ian Snell, who lasted six innings and gave up two runs on five hits.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

MLB: Oakland 11, Chicago White Sox 3

Chicago, Sept. 8 Jack Cust hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning Tuesday to boost the Oakland Athletics to an 11-3 thrashing of the Chicago White Sox.

Ryan Sweeney was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI. Scott Hairston and Kurt Suzuki each had two RBI, Rajai Davis had three hits, three runs and an RBI, and Mark Ellis added a solo homer for Oakland.

Brett Tomko (4-3) got the win after allowing three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Carlos Torres (1-1), coming off his first big league win in his previous start, didn't make it out of the first inning after surrendering five runs on four hits.

Paul Konerko and Mark Kotsay each homered for Chicago.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 5, Boston 1

Chicago -- Paul Konerko drove in three runs Saturday, propelling the Chicago White Sox to a 5-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.

He hit a two-run single with one out in the bottom of the first and a solo homer in the eighth.

Mark Kotsay's lone hit was a solo homer and Chris Getz also drove in a run for the White Sox, who have won four in a row following a five-game losing streak.

Winner Gavin Floyd (11-9) surrendered a run and just three hits in eight innings with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Boston's run scored on Jason Bay's 31st homer this season leading off the top of the eighth.

The losing pitcher was starter Tim Wakefield (11-4).

Boston has lost three of its last four games.

MLB: Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 4

Chicago, Aug. 19: Three doubles and two RBI by Billy Butler helped carry the Kansas City Royals past the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Tuesday.

Butler, who is second in the majors with 41 doubles this season, drove in the tying run in the fifth inning and then scored the eventual game-winning run on a two-out single by Alberto Callaspo.

Joe Buck added a two-run homer for the Royals and Gil Meche (6-9) got the win despite allowing four runs on eight hits and five walks in five innings.
Joakim Soria tallied his 20th save.