Paul Konerko's MRI on Wednesday confirmed the White Sox first baseman has a mild sprain of the MCL ligament in his right knee. So, how do the Sox survive without their team captain?
Well, they do exactly what they did Wednesday night, when they rode great starting pitching and contributions from little-used substitutes to a 6-5 win over the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays.
Mark Buehrle pitched like an ace, allowing only one run in 7 1/3 innings. When he left the mound, the Sox were leading 5-0 in the eighth. Try as it might, the Sox bullpen couldn't give that lead away.
In addition, DeWayne Wise, Jerry Owens and Brian Anderson all played key roles in the win.
Wise singled off Toronto ace Roy Halladay in the first inning and started a two-run rally that gave Buehrle an early lead.
Owens executed a suicide squeeze bunt in the sixth inning that scored A.J. Pierzynski and extended the Sox lead to 5-0.
Anderson came off the bench in the ninth and delivered a two-out RBI single that scored Nick Swisher and gave the Sox a 6-2 edge. This insurance run proved key, as a rusty Bobby Jenks struggled to close out the win in the ninth.
Jenks struck out Toronto's hottest hitter, Alex Rios, with the tying run on third to end the game and keep the Sox one game ahead of Minnesota with 17 games remaining in the season.