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White Sox’ offense not just about long ball, Paul Konerko says

Updated: September 24, 2012 7:56AM



The White Sox entered their game Wednesday against the Yankees ranked second in the majors with 163 home runs. While manager Robin Ventura has warned against falling into a pattern of ­relying on the long ball, captain Paul Konerko doesn’t see their offense as a one-trick pony.

“The numbers say we can hit some home runs, but this team has that feeling it can win if it doesn’t,’’ Konerko said. “I’ve been on teams that felt like if we were not hitting them, we weren’t going to win. I don’t get that feeling with this team. We’re better than that.’’

Konerko said the Sox approach each game with the mind-set that it will be a low-scoring, one-run game. If they happen to hit two or three homers, so be it. If they approach it relying on homers, “that’s when it can get not good,’’ he said. “We’re still dialed in on the fundamentals. We just have a bunch of guys who can hit home runs.’’

Adam Dunn has 36, A.J. Pierzynski 23, Konerko 21, Alex Rios 20 and Dayan Viciedo 19. Kevin Youkilis (15) and Gordon Beckham (12) also have some pop.

“You just need to balance it out,’’ Ventura said. “Sometimes we get a little bit of a reliance on hitting home runs. Home runs are great, but if you’re going to continue to win into September, you’ve got to score in other ways

“It’s the quickest way to score. But when you look at nine innings, you have a better chance of getting runs by getting good at-bats and moving guys around the bases instead of waiting for a home run.”

Not too bright

Dunn didn’t mince words about Bartolo Colon’s 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone.

“How dumb do you have to be?’’ Dunn said. “You see how many times these drug-test guys are here. I feel like they’re here at least once a homestand. I don’t want to call you stupid, but look yourself in the mirror. Pretty dumb.’’

Scoring changes

Major League Baseball overruled the infield single given to Konerko that broke up Jeremy Guthrie’s no-hitter Sunday in Kansas City, charging Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar with an error. An error charged to third baseman Youkilis on Saturday was changed to a double for Eric Hosmer.

Fast track

At 20, switch-hitting infielder Carlos Sanchez will be the youngest player at Class AAA Charlotte since pitcher Jon Garland in 2000 after Sanchez was promoted from Class AA Birmingham this week. Sanchez played 30 games there.



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