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CHICAGO (AP) — Jim Thome now has a gigantic bat to go with a Hall of Fame plaque.The Chicago White Sox gave the former slugger with the big stick an appropriate gift during a pregame ceremony before Saturday night’s matchup against the Cleveland Indians http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-sammy-sosa-jersey , another honor for a player enshrined in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility two weeks ago.“This is so special,” Thome said prior to the ceremony. “This is my family, this is where I work, this is where we live. … This is really special.”The White Sox showed highlights of Thome’s time with them as well as his Hall of Fame induction. Just as she did in Cooperstown, his daughter Lila sang the national anthem.Thome got a standing ovation as he walked out of the dugout. The White Sox presented several gifts, including a black 8-foot bat that had his name and images of him.Thome thanked former White Sox star Paul Konerko for attending the induction. He mentioned teammates such as Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski, Scott Podsednik and Joe Crede while praising former manager Ozzie Guillen and his staff as well as White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and team executives Ken Williams and Rick Hahn.The tribute was fitting for a five-time All-Star who hit 612 homers in 22 seasons with Cleveland, Philadelphia Joe Maddon Jersey , Chicago, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota and Baltimore.Thome got drafted by Cleveland out of Illinois Central College in the 13th round of the 1989 draft and spent his first 12 major league seasons with the Indians. But he forged a strong connection with the White Sox and their fans once Chicago acquired him in a trade with Philadelphia prior to the 2006 season.Thome hit 134 homers for the White Sox before getting dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2009. None were bigger than the drive he hit in the 2008 AL Central tiebreaker game to give the White Sox a 1-0 victory over the Twins. Chicago then lost to Tampa Bay in the AL Division Series.Thome grew up about 130 miles southwest of Comiskey Park in Peoria and remains a popular figure on the South Side. He is currently a special assistant to general manager Hahn.The Indians unveiled a statue of Thome at Progressive Field four years ago and are scheduled to honor him again next weekend. The Twins are also giving out Thome bobbleheads on Aug. 25. The opener of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates was as tight as could be, yet left the clubs in opposing spots going into the second game Tuesday at PNC Park.In the teams’ first meeting of the season, Atlanta got a feel-good 1-0 win behind five scoreless innings from Bryse Wilson in the right-hander’s major league debut. He was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start and help the rotation to be a little fresher with everyone being moved back a day.The Braves (69-55), who were able to put a four-game weekend sweep by Colorado in the rear-view mirror, moved a game up on Philadelphia in the National League East.Article continues below ...“Big,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of winning a close game after the losing streak. “Because there were a couple others it seemed like we were an out away from winning, probably three out of the (previous) four. You go through it. It happens http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-willson-contreras-jersey , and (the win Monday) was big.”The Pirates (63-63), meanwhile, fell back to .500, six games out of a wild-card spot. They had won two in a row but have three 1-0 losses in their past five games.Pittsburgh has scored just five runs in those five games, wasting some strong pitching performances as they have allowed one run in each of the five games.“I think we’d all like to score runs,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “From that standpoint, guys are up their battling.”A couple of things add both injury and insult to the Pirates’ lot lately.Monday starter Chris Archer left after four innings because of left leg pain stemming from the third inning, when he corkscrewed awkwardly while striking out at the plate.Pittsburgh already was without second baseman Josh Harrison, who has a sore hamstring he got running to first Sunday. Center fielder Starling Marte was benched Monday for lacking hustle twice on the base paths and drawing boos from the home fans Sunday Albert Almora Jr Jersey , although Marte was used as a pinch-hitter in the ninth Monday. He grounded out.“I just encouraged him (about) effort. It’s always about effort,” Hurdle said of his huddle with Marte about his benching.Atlanta’s Kevin Gausman (7-9, 4.22 ERA), who originally was expected to start Monday, now will go Tuesday. He will face Pittsburgh right-hander Ivan Nova (7-7, 4.26 ERA).Gausman is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA against Pittsburgh. In 10 2/3 innings against the Pirates last year with Baltimore, he gave up 10 runs.This season, he has won two starts in a row and three in his past four, giving up eight runs and six walks Kyle Hendricks Jersey , with 17 strikeouts. That includes going 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA since he joined the Braves from Baltimore.Nova has won three of his past four decisions and five of his past seven, but was victimized by a seemingly contagious lack of run support his last time out during a four-game series against the Cubs when Pittsburgh scored just five runs.On Thursday, the only run Nova gave up came on a solo home run in 6 2/3 innings, along with seven hits, three strikeouts and — for the 11th time this season — no walks, but Pittsburgh lost 1-0.“I thought he pitched a really good game,” Hurdle said of Nova. “He used his complete arsenal.”Nova’s lifetime numbers against the Braves are strong: 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts.

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