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Konerko's power surge continues
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 4/30/2010 10:47 PM

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Paul Konerko had himself quite an April. If only the rest of the White Sox' offense could say the same.

In Friday night's loss to the Yankees, Konerko gave the Sox the early lead with a 3-run homer off Andy Pettitte in the first inning.

It was Konerko's 11th home run, which sets a White Sox record for the most in April. Konerko had been tied with close friend Jim Thome, who hit 10 homers in April 2006.

Konerko also has 21 RBI, which is 23 percent of the Sox' run production through the disappointing first month of the season.

Typically a slow starter, Konerko isn't getting too carried away by his powerful start.

"I've had some good Aprils," Konerko said earlier in the week. "Most of them have been more mediocre than that. It's kind of irrelevant. You always think you're going to end up with a good season and have power. The first two months aren't really indicative if you don't have the home runs because you know in the summer you can get hot. So I don't look too much into it."

The Sox' captain would be much happier if the White Sox' win total matched his home run output.

"It's nice to come in in the eighth and hit a homer and help the team win," Konerko said. "As far as the actual numbers of it and all, I've got my head down and I'm playing hard. There will be plenty of time in the off-season to look at numbers."

Steady Freddy: Staked to an early 3-0 lead Friday, Freddy Garcia gave most of it back in the bottom of the first inning when New York scored 2 runs on 3 hits.

But Garcia settled down after that, retiring 12 hitters in a row before Brett Gardner singled with two outs in the fifth. After Gardner stole second, Derek Jeter homered to tie the game at 4-4.

Garcia allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings.

"Freddy pitched well," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's not an easy ballpark to pitch in and it's not easy to face their lineup, but I'm happy with what he did. He kept us in the game."

Down on the farm: Catcher Tyler Flowers was 4-for-5 with a 3-run homer and 4 RBI in Class AAA Charlotte's 9-2 win over Columbus on Friday night. Flowers is batting .323 and leads Charlotte in home runs (4) and RBI (21).

Center fielder Jordan Danks raised his average to .278 after going 2-for-5 and scoring 3 runs. Right fielder Stefan Gartrell went 4-for-5 and is batting .322.