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J.D. Martinez misses Marcus Semien’s grand slam.

J.D. Martinez misses Marcus Semien’s grand slam.

Jordan Danked on Alejandro’s De Aza. Naughty White Sox. 

Jordan Danked on Alejandro’s De Aza. Naughty White Sox. 

Still a milestone? Discover the meaning behind Albert Pujols’ 500th career home run

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I’m not here to convince you that 500 home runs matters. 

It kind of still does, but not really. 

Albert Pujols became the newest member of the 500 club after nailing back-to-back home runs in consecutive at bats Tuesday against Washington Nationals SP Taylor Jordan. 

Unless Jordan throws a perfect game, a no-hitter despite walking seven batters, remains a rotation fixture for the next four years or all of the above, his name won’t be a pop culture trivia question the way another former National, Mike Bacsik, has become. 

Bacsik’s career highlight as a big league pitcher came in August of 2007, when he served up the meatball that allowed Barry Bonds to pass Hank Aaron as baseball’s home run king. 

Unless Pujols stops playing tomorrow, or next week, for good, Jordan’s shit out of luck. Pujols might not even remember who he is three months from now. I’m already counting on having to look him up. 

And the devaluation of home run records came through no fault of Pujols. Blame the then 37-year-old first baseman who watched Pujols launch his first big league hit for a home run in April 2001. Blame the guy who chased after Mark McGwire in the summer of ‘98. Blame the guy who followed Sammy Sosa’s “no habla Ingles,” with a stern finger wagging denial directed at Congress.

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Chris Sale is either finishing his delivery or photobombing the hitter.

Chris Sale is either finishing his delivery or photobombing the hitter.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit the game-ending double that drove in Jonathan Herrera and Daniel Nava Wednesday in the 14th inning of a 6-4 win vs. the Chicago White Sox.

Outfielder sub Leury Garcia was pitching in relief. 

Including the starting pitchers (Clay Buchholz, John Danks), 16 pitchers took to the mound. White Sox manager Robin Ventura used nine pitchers. 

Replacement closers Edward Mujica* of the Red Sox and Chicago’s Matt Lindstrom** blew saves.

Lefty Chris Capuano earned the win. Garcia, who took the loss, stopped the bleeding at two runs. 

Garcia threw 25 pitches, 11 for strikes. His season ERA ballooned to 18.00. 

*Temporarily in for Koji Uehara.

**Temporarily in for nobody in particular.  

All that beard and nothing to show for it. 
After dissing Elvis Andrus’ uh, chin rug, the weather conspired for a freezing spring in Chicago. Yes, it’s snowing. They had a meme of Joakim Noah’s reaction to that. Pretty hilarious. Look it up. 
Napoli looks like he’s stalking a diamond in the most sexual way possible. 

All that beard and nothing to show for it. 

After dissing Elvis Andrus’ uh, chin rug, the weather conspired for a freezing spring in Chicago. Yes, it’s snowing. They had a meme of Joakim Noah’s reaction to that. Pretty hilarious. Look it up. 

Napoli looks like he’s stalking a diamond in the most sexual way possible. 

The Chicago White Sox prepare to play Boston in the first year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. 

Jim Thome played first base and designated hitter for a reason. 

Indians SP Salazar has historic night of extremes and what it says about his future

   Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar is amazing when he’s on and awful when he’s not. Against the Chicago White Sox at home Thursday night, he was both.

   Salazar struck out 10 hitters. From the first to second inning, he recorded all six outs by way of the K. White Sox 1B Jose Abreu homered. Otherwise White Sox hitters looked as off-balanced as David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s video for “Dancing in the Streets.” They looked like they were dancing. 

   It got stranger and historic.  

   Salazar recorded all his outs but one* through the punch out. Before the fourth inning, Salazar had done what no other pitcher since 1914 had done — record 10 or more strikeouts without throwing a single pitch in the fourth inning. Only Seattle’s Felix Hernandez had struck out as many batters in less innings (10 Ks in 4.0 innings, one earned run, four walks in a 3-2 win against the L.A. Angels of Anaheim). 

   The 24-year-old was yanked with one at bat left in the fourth inning. He had allowed five runs on six hits and two walks, with two HRs and a double. He’d thrown 93 pitches and allowed three fly balls and three ground balls. In his first start against the Minnesota Twins on April 4, Salazar allowed 14 fly balls to four ground balls. For the season he’s got more home runs allowed (3) than starts (2).  

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Jose Abreu did that.

Jose Abreu did that.