The Washington Post
Sosa Hits His 600th Career Homer
Sammy Sosa hit his 600th home run last night in Arlington, Tex., making him the fifth player to reach the milestone.
Sosa, playing for the Rangers following a year out of baseball, hit a 1-2 pitch into his team’s bullpen in right-center for a solo homer. It came in the fifth inning against the Cubs, the team for which he played from 1992 to 2004. Sosa was the 1998 NL MVP and a seven-time all-star while hitting 545 of his homers with the Cubs.
Sosa bounced out of the batter’s box with his trademark hop and thrust his right fist into the air before reaching first base. He was mobbed at home plate by his teammates while the scoreboard showed pictures of all five members of the elite club: Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sosa.
No. 600 came off Jason Marquis, the 364th pitcher Sosa has homered off in his 18 seasons. It was Sosa’s 12th homer in 62 games this season.
STEROID SUSPICION: Rangers owner Tom Hicks suspects that two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez may have used steroids.
“I have no knowledge that Juan used steroids. His number of injuries and early retirement just makes me suspicious,” Hicks wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press yesterday. “In any event, we paid him $24 million for very few games.”
Hicks was responding to questions about a television interview in which he was asked about the decisions he regretted since owning the team, then mentioned the oft-injured outfielder and steroids.
“Juan Gonzalez for $24 million after he came off steroids, probably, we just gave that money away,” Hicks said in the interview, aired June 10 on KTVTTV in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Gonzalez had three extended stays on the disabled list when he returned to the Rangers for the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
FIRST FOR DAMON: Yankees DH-CF Johnny Damon might be headed to the disabled list for the first time in his career. He has been bothered since last week by a strained abdominal muscle, which he aggravated Tuesday while taking cuts in the batting cage at Coors Field.
MORE TIME TO BLOG: Red Sox RHP Curt Schilling was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday because of soreness in his right shoulder that he attributed to tendinitis. RHP Josh Beckett will start against the Padres on normal rest.