Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/19/12
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It was not the most memorable game for team captain Paul Konerko on Wednesday, as the Chicago White Sox were manhandled by the Boston Red Sox 10-1 at Fenway Park in what was Konerko's 2,000th game in the black and white of the South Side.

Konerko did go 1-for-1 with an RBI single and two walks, but considering his team managed only four hits on the night, it was an uphill battle.

As for Konerko, the milestones continued to pile up. He hit his 400th homer on April 25 against the Oakland A's.

"There are a lot of guys who have played the game a long time but not necessarily with the same organization for that long," manager Robin Ventura said. "The longevity is not an easy thing in the game, especially with the same team. Those milestones, there's a lot of respect with that."

Konerko, who has been with the Sox since coming over in a trade with the Reds before the 1999 season, now ranks third in franchise history for the most games played.

"He'll get his number retired soon," Ventura said. "There's just no way around it. I think you look at the numbers he's put up and the years he's been here. They won with him, so I don't see any other way around it."

A player who doesn't have to worry about getting his number retired soon, at least based on how he pitched in his major league debut, was rookie Pedro Hernandez. The lefty went four innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits, after being called up from the minors to make a spot start. He was promoted to push the rotation back a day, saving the arms of Jake Peavy and Chris Sale.

Hernandez is now out of the picture, as is Dylan Axelrod, who will return to the bullpen with Philip Humber back from the disabled list. Axelrod threw 6 2/3 innings Monday, starting in place of Gavin Floyd, and he could be used again for spot-start duty when he isn't pitching in middle relief.

"I think having him here and having the comfort if something happens and what happens today, then you're able to have Axe to fill that spot instead of timing it up with somebody in the minor leagues," Ventura said. "You have a guy you know can come in and do it."

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