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Konerko happy to be one to honor Jeter

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  • New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, signs autographs for fans before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Saturday, May 24, 2014.

      New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, signs autographs for fans before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
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If you're a Derek Jeter fan, head out to U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday.

Retiring at the end of the season, Jeter is likely playing his final game in Chicago as the White Sox and Yankees wrap up a four-game series.

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Before Sunday's game, the Sox will say so long to Jeter with a video tribute and Paul Konerko will present the future Hall of Famer some parting gifts. Konerko is a fitting choice, considering he's also playing his final season. The Sox' captain has immense respect for Jeter, the Yankees' captain.

"He plays the toughest position in the toughest city to play in, so I don't think anybody has had a tougher road to hoe as far as all the stuff you have to deal with on and off the field," Konerko said. "And he's done it for 20 years as good as you could possibly do it, and won and done well personally, statistically. For me, every player knows the stuff you have to deal with and has an insight, not to his level, you kind of know what different guys have to deal with.

"He's had to do deal with the most and done it the best, with the most class, so for me, he's No. 1 in my book when it comes to all that stuff. It's definitely appreciated by myself and the players in the game."

Early exit:

Manager Robin Ventura was ejected for the first time this season, and eighth overall, for arguing a call in the second inning.

Trying to stretch a single into a double, catcher Adrian Nieto appeared to be safe at second base but was later called out for leaving the basepath while trying to avoid being tagged.

Ventura argued the overturned call and spent the rest of the game in the clubhouse.

"They say he just went out of the baseline," Ventura said. "We obviously disagreed on that."

Visions of Buehrle?

John Danks was efficient and effective Saturday, allowing only 3 hits over 8 scoreless innings.

The left-hander didn't walk a batter while throwing 104 pitches, so a Mark Buehrle comparison was natural.

"Any comparison to Mark is a good comparison," Danks said. "Just trying to get the ball, go, throw strikes and let these guys work behind me. It worked out. They made some good plays on some balls that were well placed and I caught some breaks. You need that in this game, especially against that team."

Gillaspie ailing:

Conor Gillaspie probably would have pinch-hit in the ninth inning Saturday, but he was unavailable.

Gillaspie said he has a sore left Achilles, but should be good to go Sunday.

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