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CHICAGO -- The 7-11 White Sox start to the 2013 season might be characterized as underachieving or with a cup half-empty sort of view. White Sox captain Paul Konerko doesn't share that viewpoint.

"There's a lot of ways to look at it, depending on what you want to see," Konerko said before Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Twins. "For me, that last road trip we just came off of, whatever we were, 3-7, it could have been a lot worse than that. And I thought the first homestand, the same thing.

"We have scraped together some wins not having it. So you don't know. Later in the year when you do get it going, you look back and you say, 'It's not the hot times, it's when you were cold when you scraped those ones that make a difference.'"

Konerko admits that at some point, "you'd like to get it going collectively."

"But the work's there, the approach is there. Everybody's grinding along," Konerko said. "Everything's in the right place. It just hasn't happened yet. We just have to keep grinding."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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