Chris Sale had a great start (8 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 0 BB), Paul Konerko tied the game in the ninth with his 400th career home run, Alexei Ramirez ripped a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the 14th...and the Sox lost. Hector Santiago gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes then a walk-off single to Kila Ka'aihue to blow the save and the game for the Sox in a 5-4 defeat in Oakland.
More on the closer situation later today, but for now, let's just sit back and enjoy Konerko's 400th. Our own Jeremy Murayama made a pretty awesome poster for the occasion, and I examined if Konerko has a realistic shot at hitting 500 home runs.
Kurt Suzuki collected three hits in six at-bats, the latter of which set up Ka'aihue's walk-off single. And it was just the latest chapter in Suzuki's dominance of the Sox, which Chuck Garfien eloquently chronicled before Wednesday's contest.
Chuck and Frank Thomas looked ahead to Philip Humber's first start since his perfect game and the Sox four-game set with Boston, which opens tonight:
Around the division: Kansas City finally won (ending a 12-game losing streak), Seattle torched Detroit (no, seriously), Minnesota's comeback fell just short (so Boston comes to Chicago fresh off a sweep) and Lorenzo Cain suffered a setback, which isn't good for the Royals.
Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things.
In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.
On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family.
Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather.
Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!
Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above.
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