He’s the captain of the team for a reason.
Paul Konerko, one of just three captains left in the MLB, stepped in for the White Sox to face the Indians’ Brett Myers, his team down 1-0 in the sixth.
He was 0-2 on the day, another struggling day at the plate this season for the 37-year-old DH who’d amassed 423 home runs in 17 big-league seasons.
Coming into Sunday’s game, he’d managed 46 home runs off Indians pitchers in more than a decade in the Central division.
After his third at-bat against Myers, he had 47.
His two-run shot gave the White Sox the lead en route to a 3-1 victory, as the Chicago southsiders spoiled the Tribe’s bid for an April divisional sweep.
Outside of that two-run home run, Myers (0-2) was mostly brilliant in his quest for his first Tribe start. Facing his former team, Myers threw a quality start, allowing just the two runs off six hits in a six-inning effort.
Opposite him, Jake Peavy (2-1) reminded the Tribe of his Cy Young days with the San Diego Padres, giving up a single earned run in seven innings pitched. The only run came off a Michael Bourn solo shot in the first inning, Peavy following with seven strong innings and striking out 11 batters.
Alejandro De Aza added an insurance run for the White Sox, with a solo shot off of Vinnie Pestano, his second homer of the series.
Outside the Bourn home run, the Indians managed just one other runner in scoring position.
In the ninth inning, Carlos Santana made his first appearance since this past Monday with a two-out pinch-hit walk. He then moved to second on defensive indifference, but was stranded there as Jason Giambi, in his first game with Cleveland, flied out to end the game.
Bourn went 3-4 on the game, the only Indian to record multiple hits. But the speedy centerfielder was removed in the later innings due to a hand injury.
Bourn had beaten out an infield single, but in sliding headfirst into the bag, White Sox pitcher Matt Thornton appeared to step on his hand, cutting it. He was lifted for a pinch runner. It is unclear if Bourn will need serious time off with his injury.
AL Central Scores for Sunday, April 14, 2013
Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics: 10-1
Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians: 3-1
Toronto Blue Jays @ Kansas City Royals: 3-2
AL Central Standings for April 15, 2013
Kansas City Royals:…7-5…0 games back
Detroit Tigers:…….…7-5….0.0 games back
Cleveland Indians……5-6….1.5 games back
Chicago White Sox:…5-7….0.5 games back
Minnesota Twins:……4-7….2.5 games back
AL Central Schedule for Wednesday, April 10
Chicago White Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays – 7:07 p.m.
Los Angeles Angels @ Minnesota Twins – 8:10 p.m.
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