CLEVELAND — Paul Konerko wasn’t in the Chicago White Sox’s lineup and has played exclusively at designated hitter since returning July 22 from a lower back injury. But manager Robin Ventura plans to start Konerko at first base soon while the Sox try to turn their season around.
“I would like to get him mixed back in of playing first,” Ventura said. “When you go a stretch of not playing, it will probably take a little while to get him back in there. I wouldn’t mind him doing that at some point here in Detroit (this weekend).”
Without Konerko, the Sox fell to Cleveland 6-1 on Thursday for their seventh consecutive loss. The Sox (40-66) fell to 26 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 24, 1980 when they were 62-88.
The Indians collected 10 hits off left-handed ace Chris Sale, highlighted by a two-run, wind-aided, opposite-field home run by Ryan Raburn in the third.
The 10 hits tied a season-high off Sale. The Indians collected four hits during a two-run fourth. Sale has an 8.31 ERA in three starts against Cleveland this season.
Alejandro De Aza hit a home run in the sixth off Justin Masterson for the Sox’s lone run.