Abreu homers and White Sox beat Reds 9-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014
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KONERKO'S LAST STAND

Paul Konerko is finishing up his final spring training, and is concentrating on the basics.

"The last few days here, I try to make sure I'm taking care of all the small stuff," the 38-year-old White Sox captain said. "I don't want to get away from myself and go 2-3 days without taking ground balls, doing stuff in the (batting) cage.

"You kind of get back to where you were the first couple of days of spring, back to the basics. Just to kind of reinforce that stuff before you get going."

Konerko isn't sure if he'll play Opening Day against Minnesota, and manager Robin Ventura hadn't gotten that far either. But Konerko said that wasn't important and that his approach won't change.

"Opening Days are always different than the rest of the year. They're great. You remember all of them, what years, where you opened up, who did you face. You take it as it comes."

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said infielder Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) will begin the season on the disabled list and it's likely that second baseman Gordon Beckham (oblique) is heading that way.

"He's getting better, but he's not going to be able to get there in time," Ventura said of Beckham. "There's nothing about rushing at this point. It's better for him and us if he's here the whole year."

CACTUS CONCLUSIONS

The final game at Camelback Ranch for the spring drew 4,713 fans. . Reds first baseman Joey Votto struck out twice in three at bats, and slammed his bat and helmet down when he was ruled to have swung for a third-inning strikeout. . The White Sox finish Cactus League play Thursday when they play the Cubs in Mesa. The Reds wrap it up with split-squad games on Thursday, one against an Arizona split squad in Goodyear and the other at the Brewers' Maryvale facility.