White Sox: Alexei Ramirez relieved after hitting 100th home run


Alexei Ramirez was so relieved to join Jose Valentin as the only White Sox shortstop to hit 100 home runs that he hit another in the nightcap on Saturday.

Off to what he has described as a slow and “frustrating” start, Ramirez broke out with five hits in eight at-bats on Saturday, including a home run in each game of the team’s doubleheader. His two-run shot in the second inning of the second game gave the White Sox the lead in a contest they won 8-2.

“Yes (I was relieved), and I feel happy also because it’s part of the reward and the help that many people put in me,” Ramirez said through an interpreter. “My coaches, my family, all the people that are helping around me during the years. It means a lot for me.”

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“It means a lot because it’s part of the work that I’ve been doing here for years. To hit the home run was a relief or something good. I’m happy for that.”

Valentin hit 136 homers in his five seasons with the White Sox.

Ramirez had gone 161 plate appearances in between homers.

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