Monday, April 11, 2011
A Day of Notes
- Tonight’s matchup between lefties Mark Buehrle of the White Sox and Oakland’s Dallas Braden is the 21st in major-league history featuring opposing starting pitchers who have thrown perfect games (third in White Sox history).
- The last three matchups of perfect game pitchers in the big leagues have been between David Wells and Randy Johnson, most recently on 4/24/07 when San Diego’s Wells (5 ER/5.0 IP) won over Arizona’s Johnson (6 ER/5.0 IP) at Chase Field.
- Wells also was involved in both previous White Sox perfect-game matchups, facing Texas’ Kenny Rogers in back-to-back starts on 5/6/01 in Arlington and 5/11/01 in Chicago.
- Buehrle threw the 18th perfect game in major-league history and second in Sox history on 7/23/09 vs. Tampa Bay, while Braden was perfect vs. the Rays on 5/9/10.
Tonight’s Other Storylines
- The White Sox have hit 9,999 home runs in the 112-year history of the franchise.
- White Sox starters own a 1.93 ERA (6 ER/28.0 IP) in the last four games, while the bullpen has a 1.20 mark (2 ER/15.0 IP) in the last six.
- The Sox have led in all nine games this season.
- Paul Konerko, who has recorded an RBI in eight of the Sox nine games, needs one home run to tie Ralph Kiner for 69th all-time with 369.
- Carlos Quentin has 99 career homers.
- Paul Konerko has been named co-American League Player of the Week with Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera.
- Konerko batted .417 (10-24) with three home runs, eight RBI to garner his fourth career weekly honor … he tied for the AL lead in homers and RBI, ranked second in slugging percentage (.833) and third in average.
- Carlos Quentin received the honor last week, marking the first time Sox have players have received the award in consecutive weeks since Jim Thome and Mark Buehrle in July 2009.