Chicago White Sox Jim Thome 536 HR Ties Mickey Mantle: On Sunday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox’s Jim Thome took a step up in the history books by hitting career home run number 536. Against the Boston Red Sox’s knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, Thome got a pitch he could handle, and blasted a 2-run shot to put the Chi-town Sox ahead 2-0 on the scoreboard.
In-turn, the veteran lefty tied the legendary New York Yankee Mickey Mantle for 14th place in baseball’s all-time home run list. Next up for Thome, is yet another New York Yankees slugger, third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
A-Rod, who is currently 13th in baseballs all-time list, extended his lead by connecting on career home run number 547 on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Chicago White Sox (76-59) are currently in a heated race for the American League Central division title (½ ahead) with the Minnesota Twins (76-60). The betting odds Money Line that the Chicago White Sox will win the 2008 American League Pennant is tied for 4th best at +500.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim currently lead the pack in that category with their +120 betting odds to win the AL Pennant. The surprising Tampa Bay Rays come in a close second with their +160 betting odds ML. in third place, is the reigning World Series champions, Boston Red Sox (+200). And finally, the Minnesota Twins are tied with their AL Central division rivals with the fourth best betting odds to win the 2008 AL Pennant at +500.