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Marcus Semien’s slam just grand for the White Sox

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 11:45 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014

DETROIT — Marcus Semien was welcomed back into the White Sox dugout with smiles and slaps to his helmet after his first career grand slam Wednesday night to fuel a 6-4 Sox victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park.

On Thursday, the Sox will welcome back the player Semien helped replace during the first 22 games of the season.

With minor injuries to center fielder Adam Eaton and third baseman Conor Gillaspie, the Sox will bring back second baseman Gordon Beckham from his rehab stint in Double-A Birmingham. Beckham has played in 12 games for Birmingham while recovering from a strained left oblique.

To make room for Beckham, the Sox optioned left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman to Triple-A Charlotte.

“We’re a little short-handed player wise,” said Sox manager Robin Ventura, who noted Sunday’s starter in place of Leesman is yet to be determined.

Semien and Leury Garcia have filled in at second base while Beckham was away, and they will stay with the Sox for now. Semien has made his case with several big hits, including three go-ahead home runs in the seventh inning or later this season.

His shot to left field on a 3-1 pitch from Tigers reliever Ian Krol gave the Sox a 6-4 lead in the seventh.

“The first two at-bats didn’t go my way, but you have to stick with it the whole way,” Semien said.

After notching career hit No. 2,300 in the first inning, Sox captain Paul Konerko added a seventh-inning single and a double in the eighth to break the Sox franchise record with 3,950 total bases, eclipsing Frank Thomas’ mark by one.

“You hear franchise lead, that’s cool,” Konerko said. “I’ll enjoy it more seven months from now and beyond. But it shows I got out there and played. You have to do well, but more than anything, you have to be on the field to do it. I always took pride in that.”

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