The White Sox honored former first baseman Paul Konerko before Saturday afternoon’s game against the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field, retiring his number 14. Broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and former teammate Jim Thome spoke briefly, praising Konerko effusively.
Konerko, now 39, retired after the 2014 season. Over 18 years in the major leagues, he hit .279/.354/.486 with 439 home runs and 1,412 RBI.
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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).