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A.J. Pierzynski still going strong as 2005 White Sox reunite

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A.J. Pierzynski still going strong as 2005 White Sox reunite

ATLANTA — Only four players who appeared in the 2005 World Series weren’t able to make this weekend’s reunion at U.S. Cellular Field because they’re still in the majors.

Mark Buehrle (Toronto), Neal Cotts (Milwaukee), Juan Uribe (Atlanta) and A.J. Pierzynski (Atlanta) are the only active players left from the 2005 White Sox, though Brandon McCarthy — who appeared in 12 games that year but none in the postseason — is currently on the disabled list with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Pierzynski currently hits in front of Uribe in the Braves’ regular lineup, and at 38 is enjoying a fairly typical season: His .283 batting average, .318 on-base percentage and .438 slugging (.756 OPS) are right in line with his career averages (.281/.318/.438).

While Pierzynski would’ve liked to be around to reunite with his 2005 teammates, he’s not disappointed by the extenuating circumstances keeping him out of Chicago.

“I hope they all have a great time,” Pierzynski said. “It’d be cool to be there but obviously I’m here and still like to play. But there’s always good memories any time you have a team like that and win a World Series the way we did. Those guys will always be special in your heart.

“… There’s a lot of really good memories. Both my kids were born when I was in Chicago. There’s just a lot of fond memories and happy times.”

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Pierzynski played eight years with the White Sox and resurrected his career on the South Side after his reputation was tarnished during his one year in San Francisco. He had a .912 OPS in the 2005 playoffs, hitting three home runs and scoring nine runs — though he’s most known for reaching first on a controversial dropped third strike call in Game 2 of the ALCS.

A decade later, Pierzynksi’s still going strong as a major leaguer. He’ll just have to settle to go to the 20-year reunion in 2025.

“We’ll see if they invite me,” Pierznyski smiled. 

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.