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Konerko named AL Player of the Week

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White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who hit the 400th home run of his career and two other long balls last week, was named American League Player of the Week on Monday.

Konerko hit three homers and three doubles and batted .435 in six games. It marked the fifth Konerko has won the award in his career.

Philip Humber was named AL Player of the Week last week after pitching the 21st perfect game in major-league history on April 21 at Seattle. It's the first time since the first two weeks of 2011 that White Sox won the award in consecutive weeks. Carlos Quentin and Konerko pulled it off last April.

"Everybody likes the round numbers, but again when it comes to that kind of stuff, I think when I'm done playing and look back, that's when it might hit home more,'' Konerko said last week of his 400th home run. "But when you are in the middle of the grind and grinding every day and working, you tend not to think about that stuff and you probably shouldn't.

"You want to go on to the next thing. If I'm doing my job right, that's what I am doing. It's nice. Every time I've gotten to 100 or whatever it is, you never think you are going to get to the next one or you think it seems far away. It's cool, but we'll tuck it away now and we'll look at it probably when I'm done playing. We can re open it up and talk about it more then.''

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