First baseman Paul Konerko entered Thursday needing one hit to pass Eddie Collins for sole possession of fourth place on the White Sox all-time hit list. Konerko has 2,007 career hits with the White Sox.
After hitting only three home runs with 12 RBIs in 38 games against the Indians in 2011, catcher A.J. Pierzynski entered Thursday with three homers and seven RBIs in four games against Cleveland this season.
According to STATS LLC, right-handed reliever Addison Reed entered Thursday having made 11 straight scoreless appearances to start the season (spanning 8 2/3 innings), tied with Matt Karchner (1995) for the second-longest streak by a White Sox rookie reliever to open a season since 1921. Sergio Santos set the record with 12 appearances in 2010.
"He's got good velocity and location. He's got great presence on the mound," Ventura said of Reed. "He's easy to call on."