Chicago White Sox defeat Seattle Mariners, 3-2

Paul Konerko hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning for his major league-best eighth homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.

John Danks pitched eight sharp innings for Chicago, allowing two runs and eight hits. Danks (3-0) was coming off a strong eight-inning outing in a victory over Tampa Bay.

After consecutive days of game-ending homers by Andruw Jones and Alex Rios, Konerko connected agai...

Statistics matter at the end of a season when the ups and downs of baseball even themselves out. That's how Paul Konerko has looked at numbers, and it's how he views his status as the American League home-run leader.

''I've had several good Aprils, but it's kind of irrelevant,'' he said Sunday after his eighth-inning homer lifted the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. ''You always think you'll wind up with a good summer. The first few months aren't in...

John Danks still has years to travel and milestones to forge before he supplants Mark Buehrle as the White Sox' left-handed ace.

But at 25, the quiet Texan might be turning a corner.

''He's really a front-line starter,'' Paul Konerko said. ''He's always had the stuff, but he's showing his nerve out there. He's a great teammate. He's not scared out there. He wants the ball.

''He's not the ace, but I think in time he could turn into that guy because he has the stuff...