Konerko stays in the game after getting hit in the face
White Sox slugger Paul Konerko is staying in the game after getting hit in the face by a pitch from Minnesota's Carl Pavano in the first inning of Thursday night's matchup.
With two outs and a runner on first, Pavano appeared to nail Konerko in the left cheek and nose with an 89 mph pitch.
Konerko was tended to for several minutes by trainer Herm Schneider before trotting to first as fans chanted ''Paulie! Paulie!''
Manny Ramirez walked to load the bases before Carlos Quentin popped out to end the inning.
Chicago's Mark Buehrle then drilled Michael Cuddyer in the left shoulder with the first pitch of the second, drawing a warning from plate umpire Jerry Crawford.