Paul Konerko sidelined Sunday because of stiff neck

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White Sox slugger Paul Konerko hit his 400th career homer last week and holds a .383/.444/.679 batting line in 90 plate appearances this season.

So we’ll call Sunday a well-earned day of rest.

According to Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago, the first baseman was scratched from the lineup this afternoon due to neck stiffness. It’s not a serious issue, but the White Sox didn’t want to push it.

“He’s had it the past couple days, but played through it,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. “Today it’s just more of being cautious so nothing happens.”

Adam Dunn is covering first base and Dayan Viciedo is DHing in Sunday’s series finale with Boston.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.