Can De Aza end Sox leadoff homer drought?

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Can De Aza end Sox leadoff homer drought?

Thanks to penciling Juan Pierre into the No. 1 spot in the lineup for the last two years, the White Sox have the longest streak of games without a leadoff home run in the majors -- 326 games, to be exact, per CSNChicago's Chris Kamka.

The last time a White Sox player began a game with a clout was on Oct. 2, 2009, when Scott Podsednik took Edwin Jackson (then on Detroit) yard at Comerica Park. None of the three home runs Pierre hit with the White Sox were of the leadoff variety, although that probably won't play into his battle with Podsednik for a bench spot on the Phillies.

For reference, here are the five longest leadoff clout droughts heading into 2012:

TeamLast
PlayerGamesWhite Sox
Oct. 2, 2009
Scott Podsednik
326DodgersJune 13, 2010
Rafael Furcal
260TwinsMay 23, 2011
Denard Span
116Blue Jays
June 15, 2011
Yunel Escobar
94YankeesJune 19, 2011
Brett Gardner
92

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