Unlike Derek Jeter, there was little little doubt Paul Konerko was hit on Thursday. In the first inning, Twins starter Carl Pavano hit Konerko in the face.
Konerko was examined and stayed int he game. In his next at-bat, he homered, cutting a Twins lead to 3-1.
The White Sox retaliated, as Mark Buehrle hit Michael Cuddyer in the back on the first pitch of the second inning, prompting home plate umpire Jerry Crawford to issue warnings to both teams. The Twins then made the Sox pay, as Cuddyer scored on back-to-back singles to start a three-run inning.
UPDATE: Following the Twins' 8-5 victory, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen made the case for keeping the free-agent-to-be with Chicago.
"I hope my players, not just White Sox players -- look themselves in the mirror and see what this guy did," Guillen told the Chicago Tribune . "This guy has a chance to be the MVP. Great numbers, great career. Stepped it up like a man and played the game. That's something a lot of people got to look themselves in the mirror, and you're going to grow up with somebody, and you're going to grow up with a guy like that, you're going to come out as a good ballplayer."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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