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Thome belts 610th career homer

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The Orioles have added veteran sluggers before.

Eddie Murray returned and hit No. 500 as an Oriole in 1996. Sammy Sosa already had 500 when he hit 14

homers for Baltimore in 2005.

Jim Thome was acquired June 30 from Philadelphia sitting in a tie with Sosa for seventh all-time with

609 homers.

No. 610 came Friday -- his first homer with the Orioles coming in the city where he spent the majority

of his career: Cleveland.

He is 20 behind Ken Griffey, 50 behind Willie Mays.

Thome went 3-for-5 in Friday's 10-2 victory over the Indians as the No. 3 hitter in the Orioles' order.

His presence as a mid-lineup bat enables manager Buck Showalter to shift Nick Markakis to the leadoff


While he won't play defense at this stage in his career, Thome gives the Orioles more than offense. He's

about as well-liked a player as can be found in the majors, and his experience should play well in a

clubhouse full of younger players.

All the while, he'll continue to get opportunities to re-write the record books.

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