still has the photograph of
grabbing his hand and raising it aloft as the two of them stood at home plate at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium when the
Phillies played their final game there in 2003.
The two sluggers will always be linked because of that moment, which Schmidt viewed as a symbolic passing of the torch. Thome
made certain he acknowledged the Hall of Fame third baseman on Monday night after passing him on the career home run list
with a three-run shot that helped the
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels
''Getting the opportunity to meet him and be a part of that was very special,'' Thome recalled. ''Anytime you can associate
your name with the greats, like a
, it's a true honor and very humbling because you know what they've done for the game.
do that at the last game at the Vet, when he lifted my hand, was one of the better feelings of my career, for sure. Mike is
class. Maybe the ball will go next to that picture now. It'll be pretty neat.''
Thome and Schmidt both hit 30 or more home runs in nine consecutive seasons. Thome's streak is still alive.
''It's unbelievable, really, when you hear the names of the guys he's passing and putting in his rear-view mirror who are
said. ''You've got to sit back sometimes and just realize that you're playing with a legend. I mean, Jim's such a normal guy
and such a humble guy, and just like any other teammate. But you still realize that his place in history just keeps climbing.''
(4-3) breezed to the victory after Thome helped stake the left-hander to an 11-3 lead in the third with his 549th home run
and eighth this season. The five-time All-Star also had an RBI single during Chicago's 24-hit attack, which included four
also went deep to help support Danks, who allowed three runs, four hits and a career-high six walks in six innings. Dye drove
in four runs and Ramirez had three RBIs for the defending AL Central champions, who spoiled the return of slugger
to the Angels' lineup.
Guerrero was 0-for-4 in his first game since April 15, after being sidelined because of a torn pectoral muscle on the right
side of his chest. The two-time defending AL West champion Angels were 25-15 in his absence, and currently trail first-place
Texas by three games.
(0-2) retired only three of the 13 batters he faced in his third start of the season, and left the game after just 41 pitches
trailing 7-3 with no one out in the second inning. The right-hander, who missed the first 32 games of the campaign because
of a sprained elbow, gave up nine hits including Dye's 12th home run.
''Everything was OK but they just hit everything,'' Santana said. ''I located my fastball, my breaking ball, but they hit
it. Every time they saw a white thing, they just hit it. I'm not the only pitcher that's happened to. That happens to everybody.
Next time, I'll come out and try to do my job better.''
Angels center fielder
, who slammed into the fence at Dodger Stadium catching a drive by
in Sunday's 10-6 win and left that game two innings later with tightness in his right leg, was back in the lineup. He spent
the night back in his hometown of Pine Bluff, Ark., so that he could attend the funeral of his 94-year-old grandmother, Zelma
Santana's first 21 pitches resulted in three runs and five hits during the opening inning. Dye and Thome had RBI singles and
added a run-scoring double to center field over Hunter's head. But Quentin felt some irritation in his left foot the way to
first base - a recurrence of plantar fasciitis - and had to leave the game for a pinch-runner.
The Angels tied it in the bottom half, but Chicago regained the lead with four runs in the second - including Dye's homer
into the upper tier of the double-decker bullpen in left field. The
tacked on four more in the third, including Thome's three-run shot to right field on a 2-1 pitch from
. Luckily for Thome, a disgusted Angels fan threw the milestone baseball ball back onto the field.
Notes: Bench coach
for the third straight game.
was in Caracas, Venezuela, where his father-in-law died on Saturday and was buried on Sunday. Guillen is expected to rejoin
the team Tuesday.