Third to first

Third to first

• Triple-A Charlotte First baseman Andy Wilkins was named the International League Player of the Week for July 15-21. Wilkins was 11-for-17 with five homers, eight RBIs and seven runs scored over four games during that stretch.

Wilkins leads the International League with 21 homers, 182 total bases and 45 extra-base hits. He ranks second with a .524 slugging percentage.

Paul Konerko needs just seven total bases to reach 4,000 for his career with the White Sox.

• Reliever Taylor Thompson offered up a smile of great pride when reminded of his journey from the 44th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft to his Major League debut on Sunday.

"It was a long grind, but I stuck with it over the years and put up the numbers, and did what they told me to do, and I'm here today," Thompson said. "It lets you know it doesn't really matter where you are drafted. Keep doing what you are doing, put up the numbers and maybe you will get a chance one day."

Thompson joins catcher Josh Phegley and pitcher David Holmberg as members of the '09 White Sox Draft class to reach the Majors.

Jose Abreu's seventh-inning double during Monday's 3-1 win over the Royals increased his hitting streak to 12 games. Abreu has hit in 30 of the last 31 games.

Adam Eaton extended his hitting streak to eight games, during which he is batting .452, while he has four multi-hit efforts in his last six games.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.