On the eve of the second round of the crosstown series, Cubs manager Dale Sveum spoke a bit about the White Sox and Paul Konerko.

''Obviously, they're doing a nice job there, but we're worried day in and day out about us,'' Sveum said. ''We know there will be a different atmosphere playing the White Sox, especially after getting swept here [in May].''

A former hitting coach, Sveum has great respect for Paul Konerko, who leads the American League in batting average and lived near Sveum's Phoenix-area home for a time.