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White Sox' Konerko says he's turning a corner

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MINNEAPOLIS - Paul Konerko knows his swing like no one else, so take this from an expert: The worst appears to be over.

The .333 hitter was given a day off the day after a night game in which he went 0-for-3 to extend his recent slump to 1-for-17 over his last five games. As 0-for-3s go, it was a good one.

"Actually I feel good,'' Konerko said, calling Tuesday's sequence of at-bats his best in a long time. "But right now offensively we're not scoring a lot of runs so it's a good idea to shake things up. And New York [starting Thursday] is always a long four games, so it's a good idea.''

Second baseman Gordon Beckham and left fielder Dayan Viciedo also rested.

Konerko said the left wrist that caused him to miss two games has felt good for more than a week. His swings and at-bats have also been better.

"The last two or three days, I wouldn't change a thing,'' he said. "You go back a week ago, there were some at-bats I gave away, not being smart or swinging the bat well. Last couple of days really did everything I wanted to do.

"I hit some balls pretty decent, not home-run decent, but last night was my best game as far as everything going on. When you have five, six games of not swinging well, a lot of times it's a couple of games feeling better, having competitive at-bats, drawing walks where you work your way back. That's been happening the last three or four games.

"It's just a baseball season. Every year there are a couple times during the year where you have a couple weeks where there is not much going on. It always seems like the end of the world.''

The slump he has been in "makes sense in my head because the first two months there were nights I didn't have anything going for me and I walked out of there 2-for-4. Then you have games like last night when you feel really good and come out with nothing.

"The big question is what happens from here on out.''

Konerko walked and scored on Alex Rios' home run in the Sox' 3-2 win over Minnesota on Tuesday. He flied out three times, twice to left and once to center.

"When I'm putting balls in the air, that's one of the last pieces when it starts to happen,'' he said. "When I'm not going good I'm putting a lot of balls on the ground.

"A swing is a fragile thing. Just because you're starting to hit, it can turn, too, so you have to keep grinding. It's hard not to chase the result but we all do it. Things start to turn when you stop doing that and just chase the approach. When you're not getting hits, you walk up there with a goal to get a hit and you're done - it's not going to happen.''

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