"I don't think it really matters that we're in first or not right now," Konerko said before Tuesday's contest. "We've been playing pretty well, not great. There are a lot of things we could do better. It's just concentrating on that and trying to get ourselves better.
"It's not quite that time yet where you're staring at the scoreboard and seeing what other teams are doing. You're still in that mode of just trying to get as good as you can as a team and get lucky enough when it comes to that time in September where at that point, you pretty much are the team you are and you are looking at the scoreboard. There's a time and place for that."
Konerko called the club's 4-10 mark in its last 14 games one of those unavoidable lulls in the season, but "you try to end it as quick as you can."