White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko started Humber's historic day with a bit of history of his own. Konerko's solo home run in the second inning was his 398th career home run, putting him just two shy of a major milestone. He is now tied with Dale Murphy for 50th on the all-time list of career home runs, and with two more homers will pass not only Murphy but also Hall of Famer Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga, both at 399. Konerko's 31 career homers against the Mariners ranks second among active players behind Alex Rodriguez, who has 32 against Seattle since leaving the team in 2001. The 31 homers are the most Konerko has hit against a non-AL Central club. Humber left the bullpen door closed and only got relievers up on their feet to cheer his feat Saturday, but the White Sox 'pen has been fulfilling every bit of its promise recently. Entering Sunday's game, the White Sox bullpen has a string of 9 2/3 scoreless innings, a stretch that dates to April 16. Mariners: Ichiro takes to No. 3
He wasn't able to break through Saturday, but it's apparent Ichiro Suzuki is taking to his move to the No. 3 spot in the Mariners' order quite nicely. Ichiro leads the Mariners with nine RBIs in the young season, and Mariners manager Eric Wedge gives him high marks for making the transition from leadoff to more of a run-producing role. "It looks to me like he's getting more and more comfortable with it, and as our young players continue to develop and be more consistent, it's going to help him and what he's doing," Wedge said. "And it's going to help them." Before Saturday, John Jaso had recorded at least one RBI in each of his three games played (all starts) this season, becoming the 12th Mariners player to record at least one RBI in each of his first three games of a season in club history. Worth noting
Humber's no-hitter was the first perfect game thrown against the Mariners. They now have had three no-hitters tossed against them, Humber's following Dwight Gooden's for the Yankees in 1996 and a combined one by Mark Langston and Mike Witt in 1990. Following Sunday's finale, the White Sox continue their West Coast swing with a three-game series in Oakland starting Monday. The Mariners will welcome the Tigers to town for a three-game set.