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Konerko's bat stays hot vs. Angels

Konerko's bat stays hot vs. Angels

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WHITE SOX 7, ANGELS 6
at Tucson, Ariz.
Tuesday, March 4

Angels at the plate: Reggie Willits singled twice in three at-bats at the top of an Angels lineup missing a few regulars. But it was Kendry Morales who delivered the big drive off White Sox starter Jose Contreras, launching a two-run home run with one out in the second. Brandon Wood hit a solo shot in the fifth.

White Sox at the plate: If Paul Konerko continues on his early torrid pace, he might set a new Cactus League record for batting average. Konerko finished 3-for-3 Tuesday with two runs scored and one RBI, leaving him hitting at a .714 clip. Konerko has 10 hits in 14 spring at-bats. A.J. Pierzynski doubled home two with the bases loaded in the first, while Brian Anderson's two hits raised his average to .391. Nick Swisher hit a two-run double in the ninth for tying and winning runs.

Angels on the mound: Ervin Santana lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits. The right-hander struck out three and walked one, getting touched up for both White Sox tallies with two outs in the first.

White Sox on the mound: Contreras turned in his second strong spring start, allowing one eared run on two hits over three innings. Contreras also fanned one and didn't issue a walk.

Cactus League records: Angels 3-2; White Sox 4-4.

Up next: The White Sox visit Hi Corbett Field, with Mark Buehrle making his second spring start, facing off against Colorado's Franklin Morales. Scott Linebrink also is scheduled to work two innings.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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