Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/27/12

Things are clearly going right for the Chicago White Sox when they explode for a 12-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on a day when captain Paul Konerko is on the bench, getting a mental break.

Konerko went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's game, extending his slump to 1-for-20, but he took something out of that evening that he thinks will carry forward with the Sox beginning a huge series with the New York Yankees on Thursday.

"Actually I feel good," Konerko said to the Chicago Sun-Times before the game. "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 is always a long four games, so it's a good idea."

Manager Robin Ventura also used the day game after a night game in almost 100-degree heat to rest Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo, but the focus was on Konerko, who missed a few games three weeks ago when a bone fragment had to be pulled free of a nerve in his left wrist.

"The last two or three days, I wouldn't change a thing," Konerko said of where he was at the plate. "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 (Tuesday) 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.

Konerko is still hitting .333, far off the .399 mark he had through May 27.

"It's just a baseball season," Konerko said. "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.

"It 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 (Tuesday) night when you feel really good and come out with nothing. The big question is, what happens from here on out?"

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