Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Certainly, White Sox backs are against the wall. Let’s see what these next three days bring. Do we need to sweep, or is a series victory enough with just a few games left on our 162-game schedule?
At 55-31, the White Sox own the best record in baseball since June 9, better than Philadelphia (53-35) and Minnesota (51-34). The Sox have won nine of their last 13 games, and tonight’s starter, John Danks, is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA in his last five starts vs. the Twins at home.
Entering tonight, Juan Pierre needs just one stolen base to move past Barry Bonds (523) and into sole possession of 32nd place on the all-time list.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Sunday’s win marked the first time the Sox ever allowed six runs in the first inning at home and came back to win the game.
Paul Konerko, who recorded his 27th career multihomer effort on Sunday, moved past Joe DiMaggio (360) into sole possession of 70th place on the all-time homer list. He also passed Luke Appling (1,118) and moved into second place on the Sox all-time RBI list.
PK ranks among the AL leaders in home runs (2nd, 36), RBI (T4th, 104) and average (5th, .322). The last White Sox player to rank in the Top 5 in the AL in home runs, RBI and average was Albert Belle in 1998. Belle finished second in homers and RBI and third in average.
Thanks to all who purchased tickets to Thursday night’s Tweetup at the ballpark. Details will follow via email and twitter. The event sold out, so thanks for the great response.
Thanks as well to everyone who attended last night’s Salsa & Stars event downtown as Chicago White Sox Charities and the Ozzie Guillen Foundation combined to raise money for kids in need in Venezuela and the United States. We plan on posting details about the evening later, so check back.
We also will post Q&A from manager Ozzie Guillen’s pregame media session, so check in later to read his thoughts heading into this all-important series with the Twins.