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Konerko, Dunn power White Sox past Cubs

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Paul Konerko connects for a homer during the fourth inning. AP PHOTO


For the record: The Sox improved to 6-3-2 as Paul Konerko belted his second and third homers of the spring and Adam Dunn hooked his second of the spring around the right-field foul pole. The Sox out-hit the Cubs 14-6.

Q now 2-for-2: Left-hander Jose Quintana struck out four Cubs and allowed one run over 3 2/3 innings for his second strong start in a row. He was perfect in three innings against the Reds his first time out.

He's hot: Konerko (.368) went 3-for-3 and has six hits in a row, including two against the Cubs' Carlos Villanueva. "Konerko, what can I say?" Villanueva said. "I thought that first hit he got [a single in the second] was a very good pitch down and away, and the homer he hit, I was very surprised it went out, but I threw the ball exactly where I wanted to throw it, it was up and in on his hands.''

But he's not: Going to the WBC to play for Team USA. Konerko wasn't asked and said he wouldn't have gone if asked, anyway, because in the fall he committed to spring training only with the Sox.

Make mine a double: Jeff Keppinger, Tyler Flowers, Conor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham doubled. Flowers' bounced off the center-field wall.

Prospect watch: Jared Mitchell raised his average to .438 with two singles. After giving up a homer to Christian Villanueva, Leyson Septimo left a game in the ninth inning with an injury for the second time. Manager Robin Ventura said the lefty had a sore arm.

On deck: At Indians, Friday 2:05, Jake Peavy starts against Clayton Richard for the second time in five days.

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Look forward to see how these guys perform in the regular season-hopefully they can surpass what they did last year. Should be an exciting year on the South Side of Chicago.

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