Alexei Ramirez sets White Sox hit mark

CHICAGO – Alexei Ramirez set a franchise record Wednesday and might not have known about it if the guy he passed on the all-time list didn’t tell him.

When Ramirez singled in the fourth inning against Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer, it gave him 40 hits before May 1, breaking a tie for the franchise record in that department with Paul Konerko.

“I didn’t know anything about it until yesterday,” Ramirez admitted through a translator. “Paul Konerko told me about it, and I just kept going the same way I’ve been going.”

After Ramirez rounded first base following the hit, Konerko was the first one to acknowledging him. Konerko had set the previous mark in the 2002 season.

“He congratulated me in front of the dugout, so I kind of lifted my helmet up and said ‘Thanks,’” Ramirez said.

It was a spectacular opening month for Ramirez, who has a hit in 27 of the 29 games played. He joined Buck Weaver in 1920 as the only White Sox player to accomplish that feat. He also set career highs in April with four home runs, 19 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

When the White Sox open their May schedule Friday night a Cleveland, Ramirez will be carrying a .351 batting average, .375 on-base percentage and a .535 slugging percentage.