CHICAGO -- Maybe Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano can duplicate what Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko did in April 2009. Lee and Soriano both have 299 career homers and were batting third and fourth in Wednesday's lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers. On April 13, 2009, Dye and Konerko hit their 300th home runs back-to-back in Detroit while with the Chicago White Sox. Dye and Konerko are the first teammates to hit century milestones of at least 300 in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Dye hit a 2-1 pitch from Detroit's Zach Miner, and Konerko went deep with a full count. It was the second homer of the year for both. Lee hit No. 299 on Tuesday, and Soriano reached that mark on Sunday. So far, 125 players have hit 300 home runs, including six who reached the milestone with the Cubs. The most recent was Sammy Sosa on June 26, 1999. Cubs manager Lou Piniella gave Lee a little hitting tip prior to Tuesday's game. "I was here Monday [on the off-day] and I looked at film of Derrek and of [Aramis] Ramirez both," Piniella said. "It was a couple simple little things that I thought would free [Lee] a little bit. "The amazing thing is, the individual is the one who has to respond to it, and last night he did. He drove the ball well to left-center and up in the bleachers in right, a base hit up the middle. It was a good day for him." What if Lee and Soriano homered back-to-back? "That would be nice," Piniella said.