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Updated: May 28, 2014 6:26AM



This week’s names and numbers with the Cubs and White Sox:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. In Ryan Sweeney’s first 48 plate appearances this season, he had one extra-base hit (a double). In Darwin Barney’s first 40 plate appearances this season, he had one extra-base hit (a homer).

2. On the 50th anniversary of Wrigley Field on April 23, 1964, Dick Ellsworth defeated the New York Mets 5-1 behind 15 Cubs hits. But . . . the game was played at four-day-old Shea Stadium.

3. In the hundred years of Wrigley, no pitcher allowed more homers for the Cubs than Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins, who allowed 175. Ellsworth was next with 98. Fergie also allowed 96 on the road as a Cub, and that, too, is the most in team history.

4. In 1972, Wilbur Wood started the season with seven games in which he threw at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer runs; he went 5-1 in those games. He did it again the next season and went 6-1. Jeff Samardzija is the first pitcher in history to throw five such games in his team’s first 20 and not have a win to show for it.

5. In Jason Hammel’s first four starts, he allowed five homers, all solo shots, as he allowed only eight runs.

6. Emilio Bonifacio leads the Cubs hitting .467 against fastballs.

7. Luis Valbuena is seeing a sweet 4.64 pitches per plate appearance, the best in Chicago. Alexei Ramirez is looking at only 3.01.

8. Bonifacio already has 13 hits to the opposite field.

9. Through Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen had a 4.21 ERA and 1.452 WHIP with a 1-5 record, with two saves and four blown saves.

WHITE SOX NINE TO KNOW

1. Alexei Ramirez is hitting .385 with runners on base, .458 with runners in scoring position and .500 with RISP with two outs.

2. On the night Paul Konerko moved past Frank Thomas for the all-time lead in total bases in Sox history with 3,950, Konerko went 3-for-4. It was the 136th time Konerko had at least three hits in a game, fifth on the Sox’ all-time list behind Luke Appling, Nellie Fox, Eddie Collins and Thomas.

3. When we woke up Thursday morning, not only was Dayan Viciedo leading the league in batting, but Ramirez was second. The last Sox player to lead the league in batting was the omnipresent Thomas, who hit .347 in 1997.

4. On the Jose Abreu record watch: He broke the major-league rookie record for homers in April with his ninth Friday. Konerko holds both the Sox record for most homers in April with 11 and the RBI record with 28.

5. There have been three games this season in which a team has hit six homers. The sluggers were the Sox, Pirates and Giants. The latter two did it last year as well, but the last time for the Sox was in 2009. By the way, the franchise record is two games, set in 2003.

6. Last April, the Sox whiffed 215 times. So far this month, they have a league-leading 213 strikeouts.

7. The Sox lead the AL with an RBI once every 6.8 at-bats.

8. Tyler Flowers leads the Sox hitting .455 against fastballs.

9. Through Wednesday, the Sox’ bullpen had a 5.13 ERA and 1.625 WHIP with a 3-6 record, three saves and four blown saves.

Stats entering Friday unless otherwise noted.

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WANTING HONORS

Tuesday is Luis Aparicio’s 80th birthday. This current manager shares an April 29 birthday with Little Louie.

The Week ahead

The Cubs hope not to be red-faced after heading to Cincinnati to face the Reds and returning home to face the St. Louis Cardinals. The White Sox finish a wrap-around weekend with the Tampa Bay Rays before hoping to grab the Detroit Tigers by the tail. Then it’s off to Cleveland to see Terry Francona’s Tribe.

Chicago-GRAM ANSWER

Ron Washington



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