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A.J. on cusp of consecutive HR record

8/6/2012
A.J. Pierzynski is 4-for-12 with a home run against Royals starter Luis Mendoza. AP Photo/Genevieve Ross

CHICAGO -- If A.J. Pierzynski homers on Monday against the Kansas City Royals, and he's homered more against only two other teams, he'll set the club record for consecutive games with home runs at six.

Pierzynski laughs it off as luck.

“That's why it's funny,” he said after the Chicago White Sox's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.. “It's not like I’m trying to hit home runs. I'm trying to put the barrel on the ball and I'm lucky they're going out.”

Luis Mendoza gets the start for the Royals. Pierzynski is 4-for-12 against Mendoza with a home run.

“We were laughing and joking around,” Pierzynski said. “The guys that are supposed to do that, [Paul Konerko and [Adam Dunn], they were making fun of me and calling me a home run hitter. I'm not supposed to be doing this, so just ride it out as long as you can, enjoy it and have fun with it.”

Pierzynski has a career-high 21 home runs on the seaosn, and he's helped fuel the Sox to 134, which are third most in the majors. The Sox homered eight times in their weekend series against the Angels and have 16 in their last six games at U.S. Cellular Field.