Warm temps heat up White Sox lumber

Warm temps heat up White Sox lumber

CHICAGO -- At the beginning of June, second baseman Gordon Beckham said the number of home runs the White Sox hit would start to rise with the temperature. So far, no team has hit more home runs this month than the South Siders.

"We can't get too worried about home runs because this park can play big in the winter and when it gets to be summer, it can play really small," Beckham said at the start of the month. "So it's just a matter of getting to the summer and now you can feel the heat coming, and we usually start playing really well in the summer."

It turns out Beckham knew what he was talking about. With Adam Dunn's three-run shot against the A's on Sunday, the White Sox have homered at least once in each of their 11 games this month and lead the Major Leagues with 17 long balls during that time. Seven players have homered during that stretch.

The power spurt has been fueled by right fielder Carlos Quentin and first baseman Paul Konerko, who have combined to hit nine home runs in June and are fourth (tied) and fifth in the American League, respectively, with 17 and 16 home runs.

"He should be," said Guillen when asked if Konerko is an All-Star. "Both him and Carlos should be out there for us when it comes time."