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Updated: August 15th, 2011 8:13pm
Jim Thome becomes eighth player to hit 600 career home runs

Jim Thome becomes eighth player to hit 600 career home runs

by Phil Mackey
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On a 2-1 pitch by Detroit Tigers left-hander Daniel Schlereth, Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome blasted a curveball over the left-field fence at Comerica Park for a three-run homer -- the 600th of his 21-year career.

Coincidentally, the ball landed just past the outstretched glove of Delmon Young, who was traded to Detroit just hours before the game.

Thome's family briefly came out to the field to join in the celebration.

Thome hit No. 599 in the top of the sixth inning -- a two-run shot off starter Rick Porcello.

Only seven other players have hit 600 career home runs -- Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey, Jr. (630), Alex Rodriguez (626) and Sammy Sosa (609).

The majority of Thome's home runs (334) came with the Cleveland Indians, where he played parts of 12 seasons. Thome moved on to the Philadelphia Phillies from 2003 to 2005 where he hit 96 home runs, to the Chicago White Sox from 2006 to 2009, where he hit 134, and finally to the Twins, where he has hit 36 over the last two seasons.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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