@SoxNerd Blog for May 23 …
*CLOSING IN ON 100: Jose Abreu enters tonight’s game in Arizona sitting on 99 White Sox home runs.
Assuming he starts, the Cuban strongman will be playing in his 501st game with the franchise.
Abreu is on the verge of reaching the milestone in fewer games than just four players in club history: Jim Thome (389 games), Jermaine Dye (421 games), Carlos Quentin (427 games) and Ron Kittle (438 games).
*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question flashed on the Sox scoreboard for the team’s last home game on this date in 2016: Who is the only player to amass a 200-hit season for the White Sox and Indians?
*MORE HOMERS: A few homerless games will put Abreu with Frank Thomas, who hit his 100th White Sox homer in his 505th game.
Others in this vicinity are Jose Valentin at 519 games and Bill Melton 546 games.
*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 2000, Brook Fordyce, Jose Valentin and Ray Durham launched home runs off Roger Clemens as the White Sox ripped the New York Yankees 8-2 before 21,863 at Comiskey Park.
Fordyce, making his 2000 debut after suffering a broken foot in spring training, untied a 2-2 game in the fourth with a three-run homer off Clemens.
Kip Wells, summoned from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day, fanned a career-high seven while allowing two runs in 6.2 innings for the win.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Joe Jackson